Trump showed up in Arizona Tuesday night for a campaign-style rally eight months after he took office (because campaigning is much more fun than actually running the country). While on stage, he blustered, yelled, and defended himself against the unfair media.
However, he made the people of Arizona a clear promise to pardon their favorite sheriff, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Though he did so very vaguely, the language he used was beyond convincing. Along with his comments, he asked the crowd to stand and applaud Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt after he did not comply with a federal order to stop detaining immigrants unfairly. He and his staff continued the practice in a brazen show of racial profiling.
One of Trump’s comments included:
‘I’ll make a prediction: I think he’s going to be just fine. Sheriff Joe can feel good.’
He also claimed Arpaio was just doing his job. You know, because racial profiling is part of a fair justice system.
However, he gave no time table to his supporters in the crowd. He remarked:
‘I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy…’
Hate to disappoint you, but just giving a valid consideration to the idea of pardoning someone as reprehensible as Sheriff Joe Arpaio is controversial to say the least. Perhaps, it’s not Trump’s most controversial move yet; however, it’s right on up there.
Before his mentioning of Arpaio, he regaled the audience with how much he loved all Americans – of all colors, creeds, etc. However, he wants to pardon a guy that probably provided the best example of racial profiling.
Trump could very well back out and never pardon Arpaio. By doing so, he’ll disappoint the enthusiastic supporters that gathered at his rally Tuesday night, and hopefully that will strike him a severe blow to his 2020 reelection bid.
If he does pardon Arpaio, however, it’s simply just further proof that Trump really does not give a damn about the feelings of minorities across the country who suffer simply because their skin is darker than a white man’s.
Watch Trump’s comments below.
Pres. Trump: “I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy… But Sheriff Joe can feel good” https://t.co/qx0OroBuzc
— Prime Politics (@Prime_Politics_) August 23, 2017
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