Arpaio Pardon Just the Latest Trump Sponsorship of White Supremacists

Miami FL – New Florida Majority Executive Director Andrea Mercado released the following statement on the news Friday that President Donald Trump had pardoned Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is latest clearest example that this Administration is best at the business of supporting discrimination and violence against immigrants and citizens of color

“Sheriff Arpaio was a man who brutalized the immigrant community in Arizona for decades. His defiance of a federal judge’s order to stop the unconstitutional racial profiling and detentions of Latinos is not surprising for someone who once said he was honored to be called a KKK member. It’s another sad chapter in Arizona’s historical mistreatment of Mexican Americans that include everything from banning history books to mass deportation to lynching.  

Whatever this disgraceful president may say, it’s clear to us all that the White House is intent on advancing white supremacy. Actions, even those cowardly delivered while the nation’s attention is focused on an approaching hurricane, speak louder than words.

So will ours.

From Charlottesville to Arizona, Miami to Detroit, we refuse to let the hate of the past determine our democracy’s future. We will resist, we will organize and will rise. For inspiration, we look no further than to the strength and love displayed by those Arizona freedom fighters who organized for years to take Arpaio down, and showed us that people power can indeed prevail.”

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