"I don't expect anything in return from the president, but I think he understands that this is a travesty, and he's just trying to correct it, doing the right thing, and he has the courage and the guts to do it", Arpaio told guest host Rita Cosby last Monday on "The Schnitt Show".
Trump regularly hailed his support from "Sheriff Joe" on the campaign trail, despite his reputation as a controversial and polarizing figure. Trump told the large, enthusiastic crowd that he couldn't do it at the rally because it would "cause controversy", but insisted that "Joe can feel good".
He compared his own situation to that of Trump's having to contend with a special counsel investigation. "Don't get me wrong, white people have been doing very well for themselves for the past few hundred years", Noah said, citing the light bulb, air travel, and Macklemore wining the best rap Grammy. The media - and the politicians'.
Arpaio faces up to six months in prison after being found guilty of criminal contempt in July, stemming from his disregard of an order that he cease detaining suspected illegal immigrants.
'Not only did defendant abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise, ' Bolton wrote.
Arpaio and Trump maintained a relationship throughout the presidential campaign, during which Arpaio appeared at rallies on the Republican nominee's behalf, and ultimately spoke at the Republican National Convention. Arpaio has contended the order wasn't clear and he didn't intend to violate it.
They also both prescribed to the "birther" conspiracy theory, which suggested President Obama was born outside the United States.
Arpaio was on the job for more than two decades, in the top law enforcement job in the county that includes Phoenix, Arizona.
Arpaio has a long record of employing "humiliating and inhumane" treatment of prisoners; he became infamous in 1993, after he was elected sheriff, for opening an outdoor Tent City Jail where inmates were made to live outside in tents in triple-digit Arizona heat.
Arpaio served as sheriff for 24 years before losing his re-election bid last November.
Sanders did not rule out that Arpaio could be pardoned at a later date.
'I am happy he understands the case, ' the former sheriff said. "Will he pardon me?"