Arpaio Pardon Reveals the Rotted Heart and Soul of the Republican Party

President Trump last week granted a pardon to former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Arpaio had been taken to federal court and received a criminal conviction for defying a court order to halt flagrant racial profiling. He was still awaiting sentencing when Trump decided to circumvent the usual Justice Department review, and apology and repentance by the criminal, to grant the pardon.
In a press conference on Monday, Trump arrogantly doubled down on the justification for his act, calling Arpaio a “national hero” and a “patriot” who had well served the people of Arizona. The President turned aside widespread criticism, even from prominent Republicans. House Speaker Paul Ryan let it be known that he did not support the pardon, although in his usual cowardly and hypocritical way, by having his office release a statement. Ryan is fixated on his single-minded goal of getting Trump’s approval for another tax cut for the rich, and, like most Republicans, cares not for what happens to the American people or the rule of law in the meantime.

 Arpaio’s Brutal Reign of Terror

For years, Arpaio had violated not only his official duties, but every norm of civilized conduct, to wage unrelenting warfare against the Hispanic population in his jurisdiction.  To understand the full measure of the warped mentality that would grant Arpaio a pardon, read an account by Hispanic citizen of being arrested and spending a year in Arpaio’s prison. 
Once you’ve read it, if you had any doubt that an average, decent American has the right to despise Donald Trump’s gut, you can put it aside.
If there were any doubt about the total moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party, put it aside.

Republicans, not Just Trump, Pardoned Arpaio. GA Republicans in the Forefront

Donald Trump, alone, did not pardon Arpaio. The Republican Party saw to the pardoning of this monster by nominating Trump as their presidential candidate and then electing him. The leaders of the Republican Party saw to Arpaio’s pardoning by keeping Trump in office, despite his congenital lying, his rambling demagoguery, his daily degradation of the Office of the President, his financial corruption, his clear display of unhinged behavior, his trampling on the rule of law, and his vulgarity, racism, and xenophobia–pushed into high gear by his disgraceful and despicable remarks concerning Charlottesville.
The Arpaio who treats human beings as it is described here was put back on the streets by Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, Mike Pence, and Nikki Haley—and Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel.
They, no less than Trump, have contempt for America’s basic moral values–and common human decency.
What’s glaringly apparent: the President and leader of America’s conservative party has delivered a body blow to the rule of law, once thought to be a basic norm conservatives most wanted to conserve. The Republican/conservative party once more poses a clear and present danger to the survival of Constitutional government in the United States–the same way it posed that danger when it brought us McCarthyism, Watergate, and Irangate.
The Republicans’ contempt for common decency and our democratic values become more flagrant every day. The predictable outcome of the Republicans’ throwing overboard the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule by choosing Donald Trump as their presidential standard bearer. Once you give your stamp of approval to lying, mocking the handicapped, bragging about sexually assaulting women, and calling your own daughter a piece of ass, where is there to go, except further into the sewer.
With Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, Nikki Haley, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel swimming right along side their President. It’s become almost impossible to determine which is their greatest sin–their lack of principles or their cowardice.

Read more here:

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