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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” ripped President Trump for pardoning former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who guest Mike Barnicle said was “running a concentration camp.”
Arpaio had been convicted of criminal contempt of court in a racial profiling case but was given a presidential pardon by Trump on Friday. Co-host Joe Scarborough doesn’t approve and said, “The list of horrors this guy has implemented is staggering.”
Barnicle and New York Times reporter Nick Confessore were on hand to chime in, noting that the investigation started while George W. Bush was president and that child abuse cases went dark under Arpaio if the kids were the children of immigrants.
Barnicle said a list of controversial things that Arpaio has done was published in a local newspaper.
“Half of the things on the list are absolutely shocking,” Barnicle said. “He was running a concentration camp. That’s basically what he was doing.”
Scarborough said, “Donald Trump mistakes this for being tough on law and order.”
He continued: “This is obvious to Democrats and Republicans alike that this guy is a complete thug, he doesn’t respect the rule of law… Yes, he had the authority to do this. But if articles of impeachment, years down the road, are ever brought up against [Trump], these are the sort of things that are going to be attached in abuse of powers.”
Check out the video above.