In light of Trump’s recent pardoning of Joe Arpaio many people are wondering what the significance of this move is, and why Trump would go out of his way to pardon this specific individual. The controversy surrounding the issue is well founded, and if you are unaware of who Joe Arpaio is and what he represents then your probably wondering why his pardoning is such a big deal.
To understand the different layers comprising this political move we have to start at the beginning of the Trump-Arpaio relationship to understand it from an anti-immigration standpoint, and then move on to understand Trump’s disdain for the judiciary branch. By going beyond an anti-immigration stance Trump hopes to circumvent a court ruling as a power play against our system of checks and balances.
In the beginning the relationship between Trump and Arpaio blossomed over the “birther theory”, where the two came together in an attempt to prove that President Obama was born outside of the United States. For six years these two worked tirelessly to plant seeds of doubt in the minds of Americans, doing everything they could to spread misinformation and lies about the birthplace of the former President. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey
This tactic of making the lie big, simple, and repeating it over and over until people believe it seems to have worked, as a majority of the conservative base to this day still believe that President Obama was not born in this country.
It was a propaganda technique developed by Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, and in Goebbels own words it only works if the state is able to shield the people from the consequences of that lie.
This is where the pardon comes into play for us, as it effectively shields the population from the consequences of Arpaio’s defiance of court orders. Repressing dissent is the same as repressing the truth, and in this case the truth is clearly the enemy of Trump and Arpaio.
In 2007 Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded a settlement in the amount of 3.75 million dollars as the result of being wrongfully arrested by Arpaio’s sheriffs for reporting on court proceedings against him.
They have dedicated this money to a foundation that serves to protect immigrant rights in the face of the same lawlessness that they experienced. While Arpaio and his deputies were busy profiling and rounding up hundreds of immigrants violent crimes were left un-investigated as manpower became devoted solely to the effort of immigration “reform.”
After fighting against Arpaio’s unconstitutional methods his department received a ruling that barred them from continuing what the court referred to as “systematic racial profiling of immigrants,” and the Department of Human Services removed his authority for immigration-enforcement. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
This year Arpaio was convicted of contempt for blatantly ignoring the courts ruling by continuing to waste resources on his racist crusade. U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow ordered that the agency stop detaining people based only on the suspicion of being undocumented, and by defying this order Arpaio was charged with contempt and sentenced to six months in jail.
This comes after it was revealed that his deputies continued to discriminate against Latinos in the initiation of traffic stops.
By reversing the court’s decision Trump has effectively condoned Arpaio’s racist initiatives, and has acknowledged that this sort of behavior will be protected under his administration.
Beyond the racially charged rhetoric exists another sinister political motivation, and Trump’s outright contempt for the Judiciary Branch of government is no secret.
Rather than uphold and protect our Democratic Process Trump has made it his duty to defy court rulings that threaten the lies his administration has used to rise in power. If history is doomed to be repeated it would seem that Trump is right on track.