ABC News contributor Chris Ruddy called out after denying that Joe Arpaio racially profiled Latinos
A federal judge found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court after he defied an order to stop detaining suspected undocumented immigrants on account of their race
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From the August 27 edition of ABC’s This Week:
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ROLAND MARTIN: I do not want us to forget what [Sheriff Joe] Arpaio did. He racially profiled individuals. I’m not dealing with the politics. He defied a court order, that’s what he did. What Trump has been doing has been pushing the racial resentment buttons of white Americans from the election to present day. He was also in line with a birther that was racist and shameful -- his attacks on President Obama. Trump and Arpaio have yet to apologize for that. And what’s more even shameful are these conservative evangelicals who stand with Trump who have not condemned the inhumane treatment [by] Arpaio. And that’s Paula White, that’s Jerry Falwell Jr., that’s Ralph Reed. They are more focused about the p-r-o-f-i-t of the faith, not the p-r-o-p-h-e-t. Be prophetic voices who lead.
CHRIS RUDDY: This guy can't win. Trump can’t win, right? He’s either a racist, he’s --
MARTIN: No, no, I didn’t call him racist, what I simply said is he has yet to apologize for birther --
RUDDY: Well, he’s supporting racial -- anyone that's known the guy, and I have known him for a long time. Many, many people have known him, no one has ever heard him ever engage in any racial anything. Look, let's talk about black --
MARTIN: Here’s my point. Sheriff Arpaio was racially profiling --
RUDDY: How was he racially profiling?
MARTIN: The court said it. That's why he was held in contempt.
JEN PSAKI: That's what he was convicted of.
MARTIN: That’s the -- the reason we're having this conversation, and the reason he got pardoned, because he racially profiled. How could you ignore that fact?
RUDDY: I haven't studied the whole case.
MARTIN: I have. The federal judge did.
RUDDY: I wonder -- look, I think we’re going into a period where it's not fake news, it's very selective news --
MARTIN: No, it’s factual news. This is factual.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): We would not be talking about this if President Trump did not issue the tweet and the pardon Friday night at 10 o’clock.