Ben Rhodes is a former White House staff member who served as the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for former President Barack Obama. He thought that his attack on the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio would go unchallenged. Well, he brought down a Twitter-Storm of epic proportions. Even actor James Woods took advantage of the thoughtless remark by Mr. Rhodes. What a putz.
A murderous bomber, a traitor, and countless drug dealers and terrorists. You’re either a heinous liar or an idiot, and you’re not an idiot. https://t.co/DNdC9FflLO
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 26, 2017
As Written By Chris Enloe for The Blaze:
Ben Rhodes, a former senior adviser in the Obama administration, was pummeled on social media recently after making a highly hypocritical statement.
Rhodes wrote on Twitter that his former boss used his presidential pardon power to “to give a second chance to people who deserved empathy, not racists who showed none.” Rhodes’ comments came after President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Obama used his pardon and commutation power to give a second chance to people who deserved empathy, not racists who showed none. https://t.co/KXhBQk5MHu
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) August 26, 2017
Arpaio, formerly known as “America’s sheriff,” needed Trump’s pardon because he had recently been convicted of criminal contempt after he disobeyed a federal judge’s order to halt a program in his department that profiled people based on their apparent ethnicity. He initiated the program to crack down on undocumented immigrants.
While Rhodes remembers Obama using his pardon powers only for people “who deserved empathy,” social media users quickly pointed out that reality paints a slightly different picture.
It is true that Obama pardoned or commuted sentences of drug offenders that were highly seen as unfair. But one of Obama’s biggest commutations was also one of his most controversial.
In one of the final acts of his presidency, Obama commuted the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a convicted terrorist. Rivera was a leader in a Marxist-Leninist militant ……….
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