#NeverTrumper Jeff Flake Zings POTUS Trump For Pardoning Sheriff Arpaio

On Friday evening, President Trump issued a pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Surprising absolutely no one, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake zinged the President’s decision on Twitter.

“Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course,” tweeted Flake.

The White House issued the following statement concerning the pardon.

The Hill reports:

President Trump has pardoned former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff Joe Arpaio, the White House announced Friday night.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said earlier this week that Trump would make an announcement on Arpaio at an “appropriate time.”

Trump had hinted at a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday that he was preparing to pardon the controversial former sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt.

Arpaio was convicted July 31 of criminal contempt by a federal judge for disobeying a federal order on detaining individuals suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

A new poll shows Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is in big trouble, in what might be the toughest political race of his career. AZ Highground reports Flake is trailing Kelli Ward by 14{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}.

AZ Highground reports:

A statewide Arizona survey of 400 likely Arizona 2018 General Election voters shows Republican incumbent Senator Jeff Flake fourteen points behind his primary Republican opponent Kelli Ward and eight points behind prospective Democratic opponent U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ-9).

Q.        If the primary election for United States Senate were held today, would you vote for [Rotate] Jeff Flake or Kelli Ward?

28.2{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}  Jeff Flake
42.5{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}  Kelli Ward
5.1{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}    Some other candidate
24.2{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}  Don’t know, Refused

Q.        If the General Election for United States Senate were held today, would you vote for [Rotate] Jeff Flake or Kyrsten Sinema?

32.5{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}  Jeff Flake
40.5{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}  Kyrsten Sinema
27.0{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}  Don’t know, Refused

The Republican Primary Election sample was of 273 high efficacy Republican and PND/Independent voters and has a margin of error of ±5.93{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}.  The General Election sample of 400 high efficacy general election voters has a margin of error of ±4.88{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322}.

“While Election Day may still be more than a year away, Senator Jeff Flake’s campaign has a lot of work to do to persuade Republican primary voters that his form of principled Republican conservatism can trump the nativist populism that is fueling Republican voters’ antipathy towards Washington insiders.  These same Republicans still give the President a 74{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322} approval rating in Arizona,” said Chuck Coughlin, President & CEO of HighGround Public Affairs, which conducted the poll.

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