You’ve probably heard about Donald Trump’s pardoning of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, and you’ve likely gotten truckloads of negative reactions towards it, particularly how it is yet another volume to the conman-in-chief’s endless examples and support of racism.
For those not in the know, Arpaio calls himself ‘America’s toughest sheriff’, but records show that he may have been (one of) America’s most controversial sheriff, especially when it came to his crusade against illegal immigration which could be reignited since he’s free to walk.
The New York Times reports:
During Mr. Arpaio’s tenure, inmates were sometimes forced to stay in outdoor tents under the hot sun, wear pink underwear or work on chain gangs. (The sheriff is widely believed to have started the nation’s first female chain gang in 1996.) His deputies have been accused of racist abuse, needless intimidation and fatal mistreatment of prisoners.
Mr. Arpaio seemed to revel in the spotlight as his tactics drew greater attention, and he often accused opponents of attacking him for political gain.
He was a strident critic of President Barack Obama and a leading proponent of the theory that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States. In 2012, he sent a posse to Hawaii to check on the president’s birth certificate.
The sheriff was an early supporter of Mr. Trump, giving his endorsement to the candidate in January 2016.
It’s almost no surprise that the two essentially have the same mentality, and like the man he supported, Arpaio’s moral and lawful background is questionable at best and disconcerting at worst:
Mr. Arpaio has been embroiled in legal troubles for at least a decade. Some highlights:
In 2007, two owners of The Phoenix New Times, a consistently fierce critic of the sheriff, were arrested in their homes after the newspaper reported on a county subpoena seeking readers’ internet browsing records. The charges were dropped, and the paper’s owners won millions in a settlement after suing the sheriff’s office.
In 2011, the Justice Department accused Mr. Arpaio of leading an office with “a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos,” who were unfairly targeted by immigration raids and traffic stops in Maricopa County. It tried to reach a settlement to address the violations before resorting to a lawsuit in 2012.
It’s become impossible to defend Trump for this latest endorsement of corruption. But his loyal disciples will see this as a victory through and though no matter how disreputable it is. We can only guess that they, like both Trump and Arpaio, are likely morally bankrupt themselves.