Social media slams Pence for praising Arpaio as ‘champion’ of ‘rule of law’ (Details)

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On Tuesday, during an event in Tempe, Arizona, Vice President Mike Pence praised former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Pence described Arpaio as a “tireless champion of … the rule of law.”

Pence, who was introducing Arpaio, stated that he was “honored” to have the former sheriff at the event. He continued and described Arpaio as, “A great friend of this president, a tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law.” This was met with cheers from the crowd.

Pence’s comments come just a year after a federal judge convicted Arpaio in criminal court. This was because he refused to stop racially profiling Hispanic people for immigration checks at traffic stops. Trump pardoned Arpaio but the judge refused to vacate his conviction.

Arpaio is running to fill Jeff Flake’s Senate seat in the August 28th GOP primary.

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However, Pence’s comment did not sit well with a lot of people, including Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Fox News political commentator Brit Hume and Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough.





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