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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Gutiérrez on Arpaio Pardon: “In Him, Trump Finds a Kindred Spirit”

August 25, 2017
Press Release
“Both men are not ashamed to use overt appeals to racism to glorify themselves and both are not ashamed of abusing public office if it enhances their personal brand.”

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement reacting to the news that President Trump had pardoned convicted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“It isn’t easy to find a convicted, notorious racist, but Trump found him and pardoned him.  Sheriff Arpaio chose to ignore the law and judgements by federal courts.  He chose to use race and ethnicity as a pretext to deprive people of their rights.  He shredded the Constitution and became a celebrity for Fox News, white supremacists and the President.

“Nobody believed the President when he said he would be the ‘Law and Order’ President and he has proven us all right.  Joe Arpaio should serve a very, very long time for his crimes, but in him, Trump finds a kindred spirit.  Both men are not ashamed to use overt appeals to racism to glorify themselves and both are not ashamed of abusing public office if it enhances their personal brand.  This is a sad chapter even by the standards of the tragic saga of Trump.”

Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois.  He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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