Between his ban of Muslims and his support for White Supremacists nobody could be surprised to learn that Donald Trump has a soft spot for older white men who racially profile people. That means Trump thinks it is acceptable to treat people differently simply because of their race. For example, he implied that Mexicans are rapists.
Trump lumps all people of Mexican heritage together. Remember when he attacked a federal judge assigned a case involving the defunct Trump University, accusing him of being biased simply because of his Mexican heritage. Even the constant reference to “building a wall” is suggestive of Trump’s ongoing commitment to racial profiling.
Now Trump has “signaled” that Judge Arapio is going to be “just fine.” The suggestion is that Trump is planning to pardon the criminal. Given the anticipated pardon, it is important to realize just who Trump aligns himself with, and who he feels is worthy of a pardon.
The contempt charge that lead to a criminal conviction of Sheriff Arpaio grew out of the Shefiff’s defiance of an order of a Federal Judge. A suit filed 10 years ago charged that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally, and turning them over to the immigration authorities.
In 2011 Federal District Judge G. Murray Snow, ordered the sheriff in 2011 to stop detention based solely on suspicion of a person’s immigration status, when there was no evidence that a state law had been broken. An appeals court upheld that ruling, and Judge Snow later reinforced it with other orders.
But Mr. Arpaio defied the Court’s orders. He boldly declared publicly and repeatedly, that his office’s practices were legal and would not change. Thus Sheriff Arpaio is a perfect example of a law enforcement authority who violated the Constitutional rights of citizens, violated multiple Court Orders requiring him to stop, and who announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise.”
It was May of 2013, that Judge Snow ruled that Arpaio’s office had engaged in racial profiling. That decision was appealed to the Federal Court of Appeals and they affirmed the trial Judge.
However the outrageous behavior of Arpaio didn’t stop at violation of the Constitutional rights of citizens, or outright defiance of the Federal Court’s order. Arpaio admitted that his lawyers had hired a private detective to investigate the wife of Judge Snow, the Judge who convicted him.
The legal problems created by Sheriff Arpaio have cost county tax payers (Maricopa County) close to $50 million and the price tag could climb to more than $70 million.”
Trump addressed people in Arpaio’s county asking the crowd “Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?” His question was followed by cheers and chants of “Pardon Joe!”
He added: “Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job? He should have had a jury. I’ll make a prediction. I think he’s going to be just fine.
The President’s promotion of violation of both the US Constitution and Federal Court Orders is outrageous. Instead of promoting the rule of law Trump promotes those who defy it. Instead of demanding compliance with Constitutional rights and supporting Federal Judges who enforce the laws, Trump encourages those who publicly announce that they are above the law.
It is a dangerous country we live in when there is no indication that the Constitution, or the Judges charged with supporting it, are insignificant and will not govern the behavior of law enforcement officials. The message from our President is that if you are a bigot, if you racially profile, if you mistreat people based on their heritage, if you ignore Court Orders you don’t like, you can count on the President to support and defend you. As long as we allow our President to ignore the rule of law, we are a society void of laws. Chaos is the predictable result when a society lacks any rules or the enforcement of them.
Of course Joe was a supporter of Trump.
Of course Joe was the Sheriff of Maricopa County Arizona where Sarah’s house was located. Sarah and Joe were buddies.
Bristol’s house was also in Maricopa county.