Ohio governor John Kasich is latest senior member of president’s own party to condemn pardon of former Maricopa County sheriff as politically motivated

The onslaught of criticism against Donald Trump’s decision to pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio did not let up on Sunday, with members of the president’s own party calling the move “absolutely staggering”, “out of bounds” and a dangerous message to send to law enforcement.

“It absolutely should out of bounds for somebody to use [the power to pardon] as some sort of a political wedge,” said Ohio governor John Kasich, who competed against Trump in the Republican primary in 2016 and is widely reported to be considering a run in 2020. “It appears as though that’s what it was.”

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