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Dragons don't just sprout up in the desert

Ruben Navarrette Jr. on

SAN DIEGO -- Now that President Trump has pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, many Latinos are feeling enraged. And a lot of white liberals -- in the media, academia and politics -- are, as usual, acting morally superior.

But those who have shrugged off the seriousness of illegal immigration -- and, in some cases, won't even use the term "illegal immigrant" -- are in no position to lecture the rest of us on the sanctity of the rule of law.

Especially if they're going to sound like fools in the process.

"Donald Trump is a racist, and he's pardoning another racist," said Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona during an appearance on MSNBC.

That was simple. And here I thought politics was complicated.

"The Arpaio pardon is basically a big middle finger to America. A loud, proud declaration that this administration supports racism," tweeted Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

A comment that preachy makes me want to head over to Murphy's Senate office and count all the black and brown faces.

I'm an O.N.T. (Original Never Trumper) who disagrees with the pardon and would have liked for the 85-year-old lawman to be given 1,000 hours of community service in lieu of jail time.

But I still think Trump's critics could stand to be less sanctimonious, and a little more thoughtful.

Not much thought went into what Republican Sen. John McCain said in a statement criticizing Arpaio for "continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status."

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