According to the Guardian, Arpaio was convicted of ignoring a court order to stop “racially profiling Latinos”.
Thank you @realdonaldtrump for seeing my conviction for what it is: a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department!— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 26, 2017
Meanwhile, the Washington Post has reported that an attempt to legally challenge the pardon is getting underway.
While Arpaio and his supporters may be happy over the pardoning, most Americans disapprove of the move, according to a new YouGov/Economist poll.
The poll found that 41% of respondents disapproved of the pardon, ahead of the 30% who approved. When the 29% of “don’t knows” are removed, no less 58% of poll respondents disapproved of the pardon.
18% said they strongly approved, 12% said they somewhat approved, 9% said they somewhat disapproved, and 32% said they strongly disapproved.
Unsurprisingly, voters were split along partisan and ideological lines. Of those who voted for Trump last November, 70% said they approved of the pardon. Contrast this with the 5% of Clinton supporters to approved of Trump’s move.
The poll also suggests that 38% of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president compared to the 53% who disapprove, giving him a net approval rating of -15%.
The full results of the poll can be accessed here. 1,500 US adults were interview between 27th and 29th August.