New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was an abject “failure.”
Speaking at a rally Tuesday in Phoenix, the Democratic governor defended the president’s decision to pardon the controversial lawman for violating the law.
“We have a president that’s got his fingers on the pulse of the American people,” Cuomo said.
“And he made an abute failure of that, he made a abute error of judgment in that he pardoned Joe Arpaio.
It was an absolute failure.”
During the campaign, Trump called Arpaio “Sheriff Joe” in an attempt to get votes from Latinos.
Trump said Arpaio was a “very tough, smart guy.”
But as president, Trump has shown a willingness to embrace controversial rhetoric.
In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press in August, Trump said he wanted to have a “big heart” and that he believed “you get what you pay for” and he would not “make a deal with somebody who doesn’t give you what you want.”
In September, he said that if he could do it over, he would have pardoned former President Barack Obama.
The pardon was first reported by the Washington Post.