Some things, as human beings, we just know. “We hold these truths to be self- evident” that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the most racist sheriff in our country. But, Donald Trump pardoned him. Arpaio terrorized and made life a living hell for any person of color in his jurisdiction. He bragged his jails were like concentration camps. He arrested so many Latinos, he built a tent city for the prisoners when his jail was full. Among many atrocities, he made them wear pink underwear and eat green bologna sandwiches. Arpaio was the chief judge and executioner as evidenced by the death of some inmates.
YET, HE WASN’T convicted for being a racist, he was convicted for disobeying an Order by a Judge to stop being a racist! This Order was issued in 2011 and he refused to stop racial profiling and illegal arrests. No discernable difference, except the fact that Arpaio demonstrated that he, himself, was above the law. His excuse for ignoring the 2011 Order, as stated by his attorney, “He’s an 85 year- old man and he was confused.” Was he confused in 2011 when he was 79, as well? This excuse begs the question, is there an age limit in this country when you can commit crimes and face no legal consequences?
THE PARDON of Arpaio was not your run of the mill presidential pardon. Traditionally, a person found guilty must exhaust his appeals. Then he must apply for a pardon and express remorse. Arpaio was pardoned before he was even sentenced, he did not apply for a pardon, and he’s certainly not showing remorse. In fact, he is doubling down on his innocence. And, Arpaio was given a future pardon for a case that is pending and has not even gone to trial yet.
“WE HOLD these truths to be self-evident” that Trump’s pardon of Arpaio is not the first time he has shown a disdain for the rule of law or our judicial system, nor will it be his last. Trump called Judge Curiel who presided over the Trump (fake) University lawsuit, a “hater” and a “Mexican.” Trump castigated Judges for ruling against his Muslim ban.
“WE HOLD these truths to be self-evident” that Donald Trump is a racist and a bigot. Some things we just know and whether you are willing to admit it, you know, too. We’ve heard it from his own mouth many times. A few examples, he rose to prominence with his birther movement for no other reason than Obama was Black, a belief still touted by Joe Arpaio. Racism is the only explanation for Trump’s inexplicable on-going hatred for Obama. He provided comfort and sympathy to the White Supremacists and White Nationalists in Charlottesville. Until the outcry became so great, he had an avowed White Nationalist in his inner-most circle, Steve Bannon.
SOME THINGS you just know. “We hold these truths to be self-evident” that Donald Trump is like an egg-suckin’ dog. Now that Trump has tasted his first “pardon” he will not stop. When the Russia collusion investigation is completed, he will have lots of pardon eggs to eat. The pardon of Arpaio was a taste test for Trump. At the very least, it serves as a message to those implicated in the Russia investigation not to cooperate and turn State’s witness because he will pardon them. He just held a pardon trial run and it worked, even for future charges.
“WE HOLD these truths to be self-evident” that if his son-in-law, Jared Kushner is charged with money-laundering, he will pardon him. If his son, Don, Jr. is charged with colluding with Russia, he will pardon him. And, of course he will pardon himself.
“WE HOLD these truths to be self-evident” that Trump is only interested in uniting his base of fellow haters; not Americans who believe all people are created equal, as our founders stated.
“WE HOLD these truths to be self-evident” that Trump is for Trump, and places politics before compassion for others. Friday, as Hurricane Harvey was moving ashore and the lives of millions were in danger, Trump took the opportunity to do a news dump in hopes it would receive little news coverage. He pardoned Arpaio, he ousted Sebastian Gorka (thank goodness!) and he signed an Order to ban transgendered people from the military. Using the hurricane as cover is one way of looking at it. However, I suspect the timing of this news dump was to keep himself in the limelight so he wouldn’t be upstaged by Harvey.
WHAT HURRICANE Harvey is doing to Texas and its people is heart-wrenching. The great flood here in middle Georgia in 1994, pales in comparison to the flooding and devastation in that state. I saw a picture of very elderly women in a nursing home sitting in water up to their waists. They were rescued, but I weep for what they endured. As I watch the coverage of the evacuations, I’m struck by what I noticed during hurricane Katrina. They appear calm, they are quiet, and they are in shock. We must now open our hearts and our wallets to help our fellow Americans as they struggle to put their lives back together.