Arpaio Pardon Lays Bare Rotted Souls of Georgia Republicans

In the space of one week in August, Donald Trump delivered a series of sledge hammer blows at America’s basic democratic and moral values that led even some Republicans to question his fitness for office and his mental condition. He began by declaring on August 15 that there was no difference between the white supremacists, neo-Nazi, and KKK groups that staged demonstrations in Charlottesville, and their opponents.
To most Americans, Trump’s remarks at a minimum were an attempt to pander to the right-wing extremist groups that staged the demonstrations, which included a night time, torch-carrying march right out of the German Nazi playbook, with participants shouting ant-Semitic slogans.
(See Charlottesville: Republicans Reap What They Sowed)
At a campaign-rally-type gathering in Phoenix on August 22, Trump bypassed any effort to promote national unity and unleashed a diatribe that magnified exponentially what an immoral, unhinged person he is with offensive comments designed to appeal to his Republican base that welcomes his race-baiting, bigoted, and xenophobic message.
In one angry rant after another, he repeatedly attacked the media and defended his response to the violent clashes in Charlottesville. He threatened to shut down the government if he doesn’t receive funding for a wall along the Mexican border, announced that he will “probably” get rid of the North American Free Trade Agreement, attacked the state’s two Republican senators, repeatedly referred to protesters as “thugs”—and hinted at his upcoming pardon of Joe Arpaio.

Many Republicans Express Disgust

In reaction to Trump’s remarks, dozens of Republican lawmakers, former GOP governors and other elected officials, as well as business and community leaders, distanced themselves from him in revulsion—although most limited themselves to anodyne statements denouncing racism and violence as having no place in America. Only a few explicitly denounced Trump by name, repudiated his words, or called for any action to be taken against him. Some of the more explicit remarks:
  • Senator Bob Corker, Tennessee: Trump “has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation…The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”
  • Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina: “because of the manner in which you have handled the Charlottesville tragedy, you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country. For the sake of our nation — as our President — please fix this.”
  • Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona, recently released a book, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” in which he criticizes Trump and condemns the Republican Party for enabling Trump’s rise to power. He says Trump’s campaign was “free of significant thought” and compares it to a “late-night infomercial.”
    •  In response, Trump labeled Flake “toxic” and praised his Republican primary opponent. Flake’s GOP supporters fired back, including his fellow Arizona Senator John McCain. Colorado Senator Cory Gardner spoke not only for self but as the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the group “unequivocally supports” Flake.
  • Mitt Romney called on Trump to address the nation and apologize for his Charlottesville comments
  • Leaders of some of America’s largest corporations resigned en masse from White House business councils.

(See Rabbis Protest Trump’s Comments by Boycotting Conference Call)

Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel: Is There a Problem? 

And where were Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel in the wake of Charlottesville and Phoenix, as Trump’s GOP critics expanded exponentially over disgust with his trampling of America’s basic values? Nowhere to be seen nor heard. To this day, their official web sites remain mum about Trump’s those two events.
But now Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel have doubled-downed on their don’t-give-a-damn attitude toward those revered American values by remaining silent about Trump’s pardoning of the Nazi-clone former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Read this for a frightening look at Arpaio’s brutal and inhumane treatment of his mainly Hispanic detainees.
At this point, let’s just repeat our previous remarks on the Araipo affairs (See Arpaio Pardon Reveals the Rotted Heart and Soul of the Republican Party) but apply them more directly to the Republican Congressional contingent from Metro Atlanta:

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 Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel swimming right alongside their President. It’s become almost impossible to determine which is their greatest sin–their lack of principles or their cowardice.”

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