A majority of Americans believe that President Donald Trump made a mistake in pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, according to a poll released Thursday.
The NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll showed that 60 percent of respondents think Trump did the “wrong thing” in pardoning Arpaio, while 34 percent say it was the “right thing.”
Trump pardoned Arpaio in late August, after the former sheriff was convicted in July of criminal contempt for defying a federal court order to stop detaining individuals suspected of being in the country illegally. Arpaio is known for his tough stance on crime and immigration, and supported Trump during throughout his presidential campaign.
Trump hinted he would possibly be pardoning Arpaio during a rally in Phoenix when he said, “So was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job? I’ll make a prediction. I think he’s going to be just fine. Okay?”
The White House praised Arpaio’s career of service in a statement after pardoning Arpaio. “Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration,” the statement read. “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.”
The online poll was conducted amongst 10,129 adults between Aug. 24 and Aug. 29, with a margin of error of 1.4 percent.
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