President Donald Trump has Hollywood screaming over two controversial moves he made in one night.
On Friday evening, POTUS pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt last month after illegally targeting Latinos in Arizona. Around the same time, Trump also signed a directive banning transgender military recruits, following his July pledge to ban transgender people from serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Here's Trump's official White House statement regarding Arpaio:
Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a Presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio’s life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplify selfless public service. After serving in the Army, Arpaio became a police officer in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, NV and later served as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), formerly the Bureau of Narcotics. After 25 years of admirable service, Arpaio went on to lead the DEA’s branch in Arizona.
In 1992, the problems facing his community pulled Arpaio out of retirement to return to law enforcement. He ran and won a campaign to become Sheriff of Maricopa County. Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.
Here's Trump's official tweet regarding Arpaio:
I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2017
Needless to say, Hollywood was ticked. See some of the heat in the tweets below.
Trump's pardon of Arpaio was just 1 more in a series of secret handshakes w the white power movement https://t.co/H2C9pOKAAc— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 26, 2017
Trump's first pardon is Joe Arpaio. We fought to defeat Arpaio's reelection with good reason. He's the worst. https://t.co/TzzooZlUKa— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 26, 2017
Trump's decision to pardon Sheriff Arpaio is a perversion of justice + demeans the prerogatives of the presidency: https://t.co/9SQihLSXhS— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 26, 2017
Joe Arpaio has been pardoned. Trump to America: don't fuck with the king!— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) August 26, 2017
A Disgusting Racist Disgrace. https://t.co/wT2cPrsBeu— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 26, 2017
Good night world bring it in pic.twitter.com/4WeavY13MP— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 26, 2017
Pardon Cosby next. He kept America amused. Then pardon Manson. He wrote some good songs. Then OJ. He got a lot of yards https://t.co/24l6dLPk0q— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 26, 2017
Gorka resigned!— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 26, 2017
But also Trump shamelessly pardoned Arpaio.
Bit from column A, bit from column B.
What else will happen. Are we at war with North Korea yet? https://t.co/PkjXmHtk4I— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 26, 2017
If this pardon is not overturned, GOP has to accept that from this point on ANYTHING is legal, should any President so desire it. https://t.co/MthuXoTOUc— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) August 26, 2017
Today's headline: Trump pardons Arpaio.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 26, 2017
Tomorrow's headline: Pence pardons Trump.
In last 2 weeks, Trump has stood with Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, anti-transgender folks, and now a racial profiler, civil rights abuser.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 26, 2017
Asshole https://t.co/lI6nVrRESP— Andy Cohen (@Andy) August 26, 2017
Transgender family, we will fight beside you. You are not alone. https://t.co/R9u8av8rHU— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) August 26, 2017