Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty of violating a court order to stop racially profiling Latino and Hispanics while detaining people. But for a man who was supposed to uphold the law, and now wants to be a lawmaker, he doesn’t seem to know how the Law works—even the details of his own Presidential pardon.
In Burdick v. United States, the Supreme Court decided that a pardon “carries an imputation of guilt and acceptance of a confession of it.” During an interview on MSNBC with Ari Melber, Arpaio appeared flabbergasted when he learned that by accepting President Trump’s pardon, he was admitting that he was guilty.
“As you know, when you take a pardon, you’re admitting guilt,” Melber reminded. “Why did you take that pardon and admit guilt?”
“I didn’t admit guilt,” Arpaio said. “I said I was not guilty, and I say it today.”
If you look closely, you can see what little color Arpaio has in his face die a slow death as his brain tried to fight against the realization he admitted guilt.
“But you accepted the pardon,” Melber persisted, “and you know under the law that is an admission of guilt.”
“No, I don’t know about that, you’ll have to talk to the legal scholars about that,” Arpaio contested as Melber brought up the exact language of Burdick v. United States
The interview just gets better. In the beginning, Arpaio defends his rough approach to the law, saying that the detainees deserved it. But then he complains that a judge was too hard on him—and Melber doesn’t let that go.
Hopefully, this one interview will be all it takes to end his chances of a Senate seat early on. He admitted to breaking the law and now wants to make the laws. Come on, Arizonans, you deserve better. Even a better Republican.