“That anybody who holds elected office in the state of Missouri would weigh optics over accountability is disturbing, at best, and alarming," said Pamela Merritt, the St. Louis-based co-founder of the direct action group Reproaction.
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“It’s about the suppression of votes, just to get them to stay home. If we can pick up some votes along the way, that’s fantastic, but it’s really about the suppression of votes,” a Trump campaign source said earlier this month.
The charge came as no surprise. Prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice vowed to prosecute Arpaio on October 11, but it became official yesterday when U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed the misdemeanor count.