By: Jason Mayes
While campaigning for president, Donald Trump proudly declared he was going to be the “law and order” president.
Now, seven months into his presidency, Trump has pardoned a law-breaker, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, AZ.
Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court after he violated a federal judge’s order to stop racially profiling by illegally holding Latinos, on the belief they were in the country illegally, without evidence of any crime.
However, Arpaio and his deputies continued to do so 17 months after the order.
Arpaio claimed the order was unclear and that his violations were unintentional. But that defense failed.
“The evidence at trial proves beyond a reasonable doubt and the Court finds that Judge (G. Murray) Snow issued a clear and definite order enjoining Defendant from detaining persons for further investigation without reasonable suspicion that a crime has been or is being committed; that Defendant knew of the order; and that Defendant willfully violated the order by failing to do anything to ensure his subordinates’ compliance and by directing them to continue to detain persons for whom no criminal charges could be filed,” U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton wrote in the ruling.
Arpaio’s pardon from justice comes just days after President Trump’s adolescent complaints, in a 77-minute rant, about the “unfairness” with which he is treated by his critics and the news media. While misquoting himself, he complained that his weak and equivocating condemnation of racism wasn’t taken seriously and was met with further criticism, forcing him to try again.
Clearly, Trump has demonstrated his genuine commitment to law and order and racial justice by pardoning a criminal racist sheriff with a history of corruption, yet to face punishment for his crime.
Actions speak louder than words, Mr. President.