Obama’s Foreign Policy Advisor Says the Former President’s Pardons Were Meaningful and Better Than Trump’s


As news broke of President Donald Trump pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, many were quick to denounce his decision. One was Obama-era Foreign Policy Advisor Ben Rhodes.

Rhodes stated that unlike Trump, Obama used his pardons for people who deserved a second chance:


During the Obama administration, he granted clemency to more people than any president in over 64 years. In total, he granted clemency to 1,927 people.

One of the most controversial commuted sentences he granted was the one he gave to Chelsea Manning, who was in prison for leaking military and diplomatic activities to WikiLeaks when she was in Army intelligence.

Arpaio was an early supporter of Trump because of their agreement on immigration policy. During Trump’s rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, he announced he would pardon the former sheriff but wouldn’t do it that night in order to not cause controversy.

“He should have had a jury, but I’ll make a prediction: I think he’s going to be just fine,” Trump said. “But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy. Is that OK? But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”




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