Two Major Aspects to Trump’s Arpaio Pardon More People Should be Discussing

By now most people are probably aware that, on Friday, when much of the country was distracted by back-to-school shopping, weekend plans, or Hurricane Harvey, like the weak coward that he is, Donald Trump pardoned racist Joe Arpaio. The former Arizona sheriff was convicted of criminal contempt for ignoring court orders to cease violating the Constitution by ordering law enforcement officers to racially profile people they felt looked like they might be in the country illegally.

Many people might know Arpaio best for being someone who repeatedly claimed he had evidence Barack Obama’s birth certificate was fake, going as far as to form a “cold case posse” that traveled to Hawaii.

He’s also been a vocal supporter of Trump, which should surprise nobody considering both men are racist, bottom-feeding scumbags.

So when rumors began circulating that Trump was considering pardoning a fellow bigot and racist, I knew it wasn’t a matter of if he would do it, but rather¬†when it would happen.

While I understand why most folks are focusing on the bigotry and racism involved in this controversy, I feel as if there are a couple of important aspects to this story most people aren’t talking about.

In my opinion, Trump pardoning Arpaio was one of the most lawless (and cowardly) acts I’ve seen a “president” carry out in my lifetime.

Joe Arpaio has clearly always felt as if he’s above the law. He defied court orders, not because he had any sort of legal grounds to do so, but because he thought his views superseded the power given to the court via the United States Constitution. This was an elected member of law enforcement who arrogantly believes that what he says matters more than what our Constitution dictates.

He never apologized or showed remorse — just arrogance.

And, ultimately, he was rewarded for his racism, defying court orders, and believing that his personal views matter more than a legal ruling by a federal court given its power by the United States Constitution.

That’s a rather terrifying precedent to have now been set. A sitting “president” pardoned a man who not only blatantly violated the Constitutional rights of Americans based on his bigoted and racist views, but this is also someone who arrogantly declared that he believes his views matter more than our Constitution.

I’m not denying that Trump had the right to do what he did, but it’s clear that this pardon was an abuse of that power. He didn’t make this decision because there were legitimate legal questions surrounding Arpaio’s conviction. Donald Trump pardoned him because he’s a friend, a supporter, and because the current “president” apparently feels it’s acceptable for law enforcement officials to ignore the Constitution.

Which brings me to the other part of this story I wanted to talk about: this was a huge bit of insight into Trump’s thinking.

Donald Trump is someone who, like his buddy Sheriff Joe, clearly believes he’s above the law. That’s part of the reason why I think that if it’s discovered he’s definitely committed several crimes, including colluding with Russia, I don’t believe Trump will ever think that he’s actually guilty.

As “president” it’s clear Trump’s grown increasingly frustrated at the fact that he can’t rule like a dictator.¬†He hates the fact that he needs Congress to pass legislation and he can’t simply order them to do whatever he wants; that he can’t control what the media says about him; and that judges can overrule his executive orders.

You know, because of that whole “pesky” Constitution and system of checks and balances.

A big reason why I believe Trump colluded with Russia and likely committed several crimes during his campaign is because of how his mind seems to operate. He could have broken several laws, including possibly committing treason, but because he’s so incredibly arrogant, he did so without once thinking that anything he was doing was wrong or illegal. Again, in Trump’s mind, he believes he’s above the law.

So it makes sense Trump would pardon someone like Joe Arpaio, a fellow arrogant, lawless scumbag.

By all means, everyone should continue bringing up the fact that Trump just pardoned a blatant racist. However, I really do think people need to also include how Trump, a man whose campaign is currently under criminal investigation for possibly colluding with Russia, someone who clearly seems to believe that he’s above adhering to our Constitution, pardoned someone who, much like himself, seems to believe he’s above the law.

If you ask me, this was an abuse of power by Donald Trump to pardon a friend and supporter. Furthermore, it was another example of the current “president,” who could be facing criminal charges of his own very soon, making a public statement that he doesn’t believe our laws should apply to him.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter or Facebook to let me know what you think.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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