Washington, D.C. (Accredited Times) – Donald Trump has proven again that he is not only a racist, xenophobic bigot, he is also a hypocrite of worst sort.
Late Friday night, Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In contrast, Trump has adamantly refused to pardon or grant an amnesty to millions of innocent undocumented workers who came to this country to provide much-needed cultural enrichment, including vastly superior Chipotle and Qdoba restaurant skills.
Arpaio has a long history of discrimination against Hispanic-Americans. In December 2014, progressive Judge G. Murray Snow, a George W. Bush appointee, threatened Arpaio with contempt proceedings if Arpaio failed to stop racially profiling Hispanic-Americans in connection with Arpaio’s “immigration round-ups.” Arpaio, however, continued to arrest innocent undocumented workers, leading Snow to refer Arpaio to the Obama Justice Department, which promptly proceeded to institute both criminal and civil contempt charges against Arpaio. Snow apparently has no relationship to President Coriolanus Snow from The Hunger Games series, although the two do share many of the same progressive views.
On July 31, 2017, progressive Judge Susan Bolton, a Clinton appointee, convicted Arpaio of criminal contempt in a bench trial. Although the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution states that “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury,” Bolton rejected Arpaio’s request for a jury trial following the living Constitution theory. Bolton had planned on sentencing Arpaio to prison in October 2017 before Trump pardoned the racist criminal.
DREAMers were crushed. “I came into this country when I was just seventeen years old with eleven other family members,” one exasperated DREAMer told us in Spanish. “My family members and I have voted Democrat in every election since then. What more do you want us to do?” (DREAMers are would-be beneficiaries of the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act or “DREAM Act,” which would have granted amnesty for undocumented aliens who entered the United States as minors. After Congress rejected the DREAM Act, Obama nonetheless sought to implement the Act by executive order, again pursuant to the living, breathing Constitution.)
“No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold,” Senator John McCain said in a statement. “Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders. The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”
Like Trump, Arpaio has strongly advocated in favor of the racist “birther” conspiracy theory. Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office conducted a multi-year investigation into Obama’s birth certificate and “found” the birth certificate to be a forgery.
Trump gloated about the Arpaio pardon via Twitter: “I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!” Trump failed to state when Arizona and the rest of Aztlan would be made safe from whites who have terrorized innocent People of Color for centuries.
The Arpaio pardon represents a new low for Trump administration in the wake of the Charlottesville terrorist attack. Establishment Republicans and establishment Democrats could not be any unhappier.