Arpaio was facing the prospect of jail time at his sentencing in October.
McCain says in a statement that “no one is above the law” and “sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold.”
By pardoning Arpaio, McCain says it undermines Trump’s claim for the respect of rule of law.
He also says Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona congressman Andy Biggs are supporting the presidential pardon of former metro Phoenix sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Ducey says Arpaio “deserves credit for helping to reduce crime in Maricopa County over his long career in law enforcement and public office.”
He says Trump’s pardon “has brought finality to this chapter in Arizona’s history.”
Ducey adds that Arpaio is his friend and now the 85-year-old ex-lawman can move on and enjoy his retirement with his wife and family.
Biggs says he applauds Trump for pardoning Arpaio and adds that “America owes Sheriff Arpaio a debt of gratitude and not the injustice of a political witch hunt.”