Cummings Statement on President Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio

August 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (August 26, 2017) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio:

“The President claims that he wants to unite the country and fight against racism, yet his own words and actions show the opposite.  He followed up his abhorrent statements about Charlottesville—that some white supremacists are 'very fine people'—by pardoning a racist cop for his crimes against minorities.  Over and over again, President Trump has promoted what Speaker Ryan once called ‘textbook racism’ while exhibiting contempt for the rule of law.  President Trump is sending a message with these words and his actions, and it is one of hate and divisiveness rather than hope and unity.”