There are many good reasons for Americans to be angry about the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt after being ordered by a judge to stop the racial profiling of anyone with brown skin that the sheriff could say he suspected of being in the country illegally. Despite the order, Arpaio continued his deplorable tactics of detaining anyone he believed to be of Latino descent in Tent City, a horrible place that Arpaio gleefully compared to a concentration camp.
Despite all of this, Arpaio has been a supporter of Donald Trump, and was rewarded for it. Arpaio’s “investigation” of President Obama’s birth certificate, spurred on by Trump’s ridiculous and racist campaign of “birtherism,” paid off in the end. Neither man was able to dredge up any proof that Trump’s predecessor was born in Kenya, but it certainly got Trump elected and Arpaio pardoned for his crimes.
As a mouthpiece for President Trump who can be just slightly more harsh against detractors because he holds no public office, Trump Jr. often speaks out in support of his father’s worst policies. Although Junior has been somewhat subdued lately after it was revealed that he was involved in leading the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia to smear Hillary Clinton and steal an election, he went on a retweet binge on Monday morning.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 27, 2017
President Obama pardoned 212 people, mostly those given life sentences for possession of illegal drugs, and Chelsea Manning, a leaker who received the harshest sentence ever for her crimes. Obama did not pardon anyone sworn to protect and serve who detained and all but tortured human beings.
Twitter was quick to remind Junior of those facts and many more.
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