Failed businessman and reality television star Donald Trump has given a get out of jail free card to the xenophobic ex-sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, by pardoning him on Friday night. The former sheriff was convicted of misdemeanor contempt of court back in July of 2017 for routinely violating the rights of Latinos and racially profiling people as illegal immigrants based on the color their skin. The conviction was punishable by up to six months in prison.
Arpaio was a major proponent of the controversial anti-immigrant Arizona SB 1070 bill. Trump, who has made clear his xenophobic anti-immigrant stance by calling Mexicans "rapists," recently argued that there were good white supremacist fascists following the terrorist attack that took the life of anti-racist counter demonstrator Heather D. Heyer in Charlottesville, VA.
Some have argued that the pardon of Arpaio, a Sheriff convicted of intentionally disobeying the orders of a federal judge by continuing to operate unlawful patrols that targeted people of color as potential illegal immigrants, is an attack on the federal judiciary, and therefore an impeachable offense.
Folks, including multiple elected officials who have not been convicted of racist crimes, took to social media to express their outrage and frustration at the ever-troubling news.
In other The White House Is Crumbling Under Trump Administration news, Deputy Assistant to the President and hawkishly conservative American military and intelligence analyst Sebastian Lukács Gorka has resigned, CNN reports. Stephen K. Bannon, a rapidly decaying white supremacist pus-infested hairball with the consistency of rotten xenophobic mayonnaise who used to be Chief Strategist of the Trump Administration, also resigned just days ago.