McCain needs to start showing my constituents more respect
By Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe
On August 26, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) once again grabbed an opportunity to criticize many of my Arizona constituents and our nation’s leader, President Trump. McCain is angry that Trump, just like President Obama before him, exercised his constitutional power in granting executive clemency to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arizona’s senior senator appears to have forgotten Obama’s record-breaking 1,927 acts of clemency. He also seems to have ignored the fact that Arpaio was convicted for merely following state and federal laws when he turned illegal immigrants over to federal officials.
The 85-year-old Arpaio was not convicted of breaking narcotics laws, financial fraud laws or of revealing our nation’s secrets, all of which were crimes included in Obama’s numerous pardons. Arpaio was convicted of a simple misdemeanor in what many believe was a politically motivated show-trial in the Obama era.