White House Preps Pardon Paperwork For Joe Arpaio

CNN reports:

The White House has prepared the paperwork for President Trump to pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio when he makes the final decision to do so, CNN has learned. An administration official said the White House has also prepared talking points to send to surrogates after he is pardoned.

One of the talking points is that Arpaio served his country for 50 years in the military, the Drug Enforcement Administration and as Arizona’s Maricopa County sheriff, and that it is not appropriate to send him to prison for “enforcing the law” and “working to keep people safe.”

Arpaio, an early Trump supporter, was found guilty last month of criminal contempt for disregarding a court order in a racial profiling case. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 5. Though the timing remains unclear, the President alluded that he would soon pardon Arpaio during his rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday night.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Just get it over with already. Let’s move on to the next phase in this shitshow.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Another bullet point in the “45 is Crazy” PowerPoint presentation.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Crazy? Perhaps. Evil? Definitely. Our President is about to send the message that defying a court order in the service of racism is a good and noble deed.

      • Todd20036

        Trump is guilty of that, but he has an excuse. He’s insane.
        The GOP in Congress doesn’t even have that excuse.

        • Butch
          • David Walker

            Thanks for the link. Good read.

          • Natty Enquirer

            Wow.

            “The most significant thing to know about Donald Trump’s politics or process, his beliefs or his calculations, is that he is an asshole; the only salient factor in any decision he makes is that he absolutely does not care about the interests of the parties involved except as they reflect upon him. Start with this, and you already know a lot.”

            “Trump’s world ends with him, and a discourse or a politics that is locked into scrutinizing or obsessively #resisting or otherwise chasing him will invariably end up as arid and abstracted and curdled as he is.”

      • ArchiLaw

        THIS^^

  • crewman

    The White House issuing a statement that Trump was not going to announce a pardon of Arpaio at his Phoenix morale booster was utterly disingenuous. It’s like a mafia boss who delights in being “technically correct” while subverting the rules or evading questions.

  • Cuberly

    I’m basically numb at the thought of donnie doing this.

    Is it wrong? Absolutely.

    Is it a surprise? Hell no.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Forgive me, I’m replying since you’re at the top of the comments and I want this to be seen.

      This is the link for everyone to contact their members of Congress.
      https://www.contactingcongress.org/

      Regardless of the party of your senators and representatives, they need to be flooded with a demand to impeach. The fact that a McConnell surrogate is publicly issuing trial balloon threats means that even our red Congress is getting disgusted. The UN has issued strongly worded statements condemning Trump. The time is NOW.

      [All my members of Congress are Democratic] I wrote:

      I have heard too many Democratic senators say “Its premature to talk
      about impeachment”. It is no longer premature and has become a matter
      of urgency and national security.

      Trump’s impending pardon of Joe Arpaio sends a message that breaking the law to discriminate is just fine with our President. His unhinged speeches in the wake of the Virginia white supremacist march and “campaign” speech in Phoenix demonstrate that he is not stable, does not represent American values and cannot be trusted with the nuclear codes. The UN has just issued condemnation of Trump. What more is required for Congress to act?

      I implore you to work with as many members of Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.

      • charemor

        We should write not only our senators and representatives, but also our “leaders” Mitch Mcconnell and Paul Ryan. And I would suggest that McConnell begin divorce proceedings from Miz Chou, Chow, Chew or whatever his wife’s name is as she evidently seems to be OK with Trump demeaning her husband.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          Her daddy owns the largest shipping company in China, and possibly the world. She needs to blindly support the mad king in hopes of getting regulations changed or other things favorable to daddy.

      • SFBruce

        Talk to Republican members of Congress, as well. When I do, I acknowledge that I’m a life-long liberal, but that Donnie poses threats that are far beyond partisan politics. By every possible measure, emotional and intellectual, he’s simply unfit to hold any public office, let alone the leader of the free world.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          Of course. Mine aren’t, so that’s why that’s why the text of my note reads as it does. But I think Republican members of Congress are getting disgusted and hearing from their constituents can only help push them into action.

          Here is the UN condemming Trump. This isn’t a red / blue issue, its basic human decency, of which he has demonstrated exactly none.

          https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/world/un-trump-racism-charlottesville.html

        • (((GC)))

          Tell the Republican congresscritters that whether they like it or not, the current president* IS the face of the Republican Party brand. Allowing him to remain in office threatens their own chances for reelection and keeping majorities.

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    • Nowhereman

      I was looking for the right word for it. “Nonplussed” doesn’t quite cover it when your hair’s on fire at the same time. I hate to think about what they may be trying to soften us up for.

  • Todd20036

    What’s amazing is that the GOP is willing to hold onto Twitler as long as possible.
    If there is ANY proof that the GOP at large is not interested in running the country, this is it.

    • Jamie_Johnson

      With all due respect, and forewarning that I completely agree with you, and further, confessing to the same lapse in judgment, we shouldn’t call Trump anything other than Trump. It dilutes our argument, it gives his supporters reason to dismiss our comments, and it diffuses the shame brought and compounded on the one thing Trump cares about: his brand reputation.

      • David Walker

        This is why I use “45.” Oddly, enough of us have used it frequently enough that it’s being used internationally, or at least on two of the international websites I visit with some regularity.

      • he is a traitor. i will call him that. you’re free to call him by his fake brand name, it’s still a free country in that respect.

      • Cattleya1

        I refuse to use his name. He is tRump, twitler, drumpf, Tangerine Tojo, the orange traitor, and any of a dozen other taunts. He is not my president! As the old Yiddish imprecation goes – ‘he should only fahr geharget and lay in dreard!’

    • clay

      The GOP Congress isn’t back from break yet, so why make extra work for themselves? Don’t expect ANY real movement from them for another two weeks.

  • Rex

    I hope Trump will be met with fire and fury in response to a pardon of the bigot racist Sheriff Joe.

    • Jonathan Smith

      from us, yes.
      from Republithugs? maybe 1/2

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Max_1

    Dear Donald,
    You do know that a Jury wouldn’t have stopped Joe from breaking the law…

  • Rex

    Nothing says “I’m not a racist” like pardoning a racist for being a racist.

  • Max_1

    Did Y’All notice Trump’s African American at the rally…
    … Obviously planted and dressed with a Blacks For Trump sign.

    Where were the rest of those Blacks???

    • pj

      that whole crowd behind trump was freakish. the two women that were dressed alike with the big boobs. the don trump wanna be right behind him in chump suit drag giving don thumbs up constantly. the woman who couldnt stop with the cell phone shit. all the flies attracted to don the con.

    • clay

      Dr. Carson and the black sheep niece of MLK were in the stage party.

      • Paula

        Serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks?

        • clay

          Well, violating the Hatch Act, for Dr. Carson.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Making my way through “The Comedians” by Kliph Nesteroff.

          Was gonna post a now-OT/ story a couple days back about how talk of Nazis was verboten on American radio until 1941, and Eddie Cantor bore the brunt of resisting that unofficial gag order.

          But anyway, the actor who portrayed “Winchester” (for Jack Benny) was originally brought on the JB radio show for a bit part as a shucking-jiving/bowing-and-scraping Uncle Tom porter on the rail car Jack was riding cross country.

          All involved simply refused to play their parts and the writers were sent back to their cave.

          (No, the book is not a hagiography of how post-vaudeville comedians were at the forefront of racial harmony….there’s just the occasional heart-warming anecdote.)

    • you’d be surprised tho, how many older black guys initially liked the traitor. maybe not so much now, but when i was canvassing a not insignificant number of older guys in my ‘hood say, “yeah, i’m voting for. why not? he’ll shake things up.” i don’t think what he’s done is what they wanted or expected, but when people talk about GOTV being essential for the dems, they need to remember that a lot of poor people of all races don’t see any reason to vote at all. because regardless of the leadership or individual pols, very little has changed in most poor areas of the country, for the lifetimes of people in poverty.

    • clay
      • -M-

        You’d think at some point they’d want to disassociate from black supremacist religious conspiracy nutcases. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        • clay

          Why? It feeds his base’s ideas about “thugs” and black racists. Trump’s called African-Americans racists twice as often as he’s called out white racists. And if things go way, off, he’s an example of how much people with pre-existing conditions love what Trump’s doing to ObamaCare.

  • Of course, it pretty much confirms his guilt for all of the civil lawsuits against him and his department.

  • Butch

    Joe, can we maybe do some cute puppies and kittens or maybe even some adorable wombats if it comes to that? I feel tired all the time lately; I think we all need a break.

  • TheManicMechanic

    The tent cities will become concentration camps next. There will be ovens, prison labor camp, and mass burial areas. Just watch.

    • Paula

      I hope there’s BBQ sauce this time. Plan for contingencies.

    • clay

      Prison labor camps have already been approved by Secessions for suspected illegal immigrants even BEFORE their hearing/conviction, as long as they’re being held in a privately administered facility.

  • oh yes, this will definitely add fuel to the fire.
    a lot of fuel.
    a very big fire.
    and a huge FUCK YOU to non racist people.

  • Highmoremotel

    Donald knew. He always knew. He’s taking the press and their audiences on a reality show nail biter. He did it before (tapes) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eda3caa29f8594c77bf94da56d5c467fbf60cdd42a4e787c15e7b992512ee336.jpg

  • Tiger Quinn

    He doesn’t give a shit about JA, he’s testing his powers to see what kind of pushback he gets.

    • billbear1961

      Precisely–the bastard is sending a message to his RACIST troops that he and they are ABOVE THE LAW.

  • DisqusD37

    Trump truly has no schitts to give. My hatred of the man is visceral. If there is any cosmic justice, he will not be any more long-lived than any other old, fat, unhealthy, gelatinous cretin his age. I will relish that day.

    • Tulle Christensen

      But but but he is the mostest healthiest president ever!!!!!1111111111one

      • (((GC)))

        And the US healthcare system is the best in the world!!!!!!!!!111111!!!!1!!!

        • BudClark

          And I’m Queen Marie of Romania.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      If there truly were a god, he’d be discovered by the Secret Service lying face down in front of his golden toilet, dead in mid-tweet.

  • Jerry Kott

    This dick keeps adding bad Chi to this Nation. Right is wrong and Wrong is Right and we are caught somewhere in the middle crossing our fingers.

  • Ken M

    Well, he didn’t do it yesterday. No major shock here though. Worst case scenario, he will say it was the will of the people of AZ.

  • Max_1
  • JWC

    throw the old fart in jail

    • Thorn Spike

      I remember seeing him in the news when I visited my grandparents back in the 1970s. He must be 120 by now.

      • JWC

        Why “honchile’ he is but a mere enfant at 80

    • charemor

      Which one, Arpaio or Trump?

      • JWC

        and sessions and oh the list goes on and on

  • Adam Stevens

    If he does this, he will ONLY have his base left. And that is not enough to keep him in office.

    I say, go for it, Donnie.

    Let’s call it your ‘final nail.’

    Poor thing. Totally forgot about 65% of us.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Problem is, his base always votes. The remaining 65 percent, not so much.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Listen up crooks! Those with the receipt form a single line up. Your warden will be distributing the pardon certificate I autographed. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15e6089fe839556b80df18bbdb29cee51ae479c3dd8b9457c48376d38e4b085d.jpg

  • Keith D Plane

    it will happen right after he is sentenced. My hope is Arpario keels over dead right after the judge hands down the sentence.

  • JWC

    AMERICA, the world turns is saddened eys away from you

  • TampaDink

    If he goes through with this pardon, there will be permanent proof of which side of racism hair furor supports. We all know this already.

    • David Walker

      Yes, but it looks so much better when it’s on 45’s permanent record.

      • TampaDink

        The bigliest thing I want to stand out on his “permanent record” would be him forcibly removed from office, tried, convicted & imprisoned for all of the treasonous shit he has pulled.

        • David Walker

          “And in the end, only Liberty Counsel represented him, and for the first time in their history, they charged a fee to do that. It was never paid.” Lacerations 9:22

          • TampaDink

            Amen.

    • JWC

      You Know it sir, and he has a list of collaberating statements staked up behinf him for further proof

      • TampaDink

        “Those things I said, that I never said, are all made up by the fake media.”

        • JWC

          This mans statements and comments are like a kladiescope every changong never repeating

          • TampaDink

            So true, he is known to contradict himself within the span of a single sentence.

        • JWC

          Computer room to “sunny ” watching the 2 hour season start of “Halt and Catch Fire”

          • TampaDink

            I hope that your tv time was enjoyable.

          • JWC

            Ya it is so bright in the computer area can’t read the screen

          • TampaDink

            I brought my pc up here with me & it is fortunately set up on a desk & away from windows.

          • JWC

            I have this one room a sunken room with the entire roof is a 5 panel glass sits on the north side There was a big tree that shaded but I had to take it down From about 1230 to 1500 the sun blares in

          • TampaDink

            What a pain! At least you have other rooms that you can escape into.

          • JWC

            Ita pain and a joy Hust a pain for 90 mins a day

          • TampaDink

            A pain….but a manageable one. The dog needs me to play with her….then it will be 2 hours of t.v.. I shall be back online again afterwards.

          • JWC

            enjoy my friend

          • JWC

            Wrell here we are once again me preparing Dinz and you about to launch Rachel and Lawrence armed with a hefty Vodka Still 36 mins to Scotch O’clock

          • TampaDink

            I began happy hours with a large glass of red wine. Now I’ve segued to vodka. Been a day of utter frustration. One of my many meds. was due for refill. I ordered it on Saturday, knowing that I’d be without my blood thinner by Wed.. Yesterday it *seemed* as though CVS was getting it taken care of. Today they claimed that my cardiologist (who I’ve been seeing for about 17 of the 18 yrs. I’ve been on Warfarin) DENIED the request to refill. I’ve contacted my doctor’s office via 3 methods. No results….now that it is 8:30 local time, there will be no resolution today.

          • JWC

            will an aspirin (blood thinning properties) help

          • TampaDink

            Not likely. Either way, I was due for my routine blood check on Friday, the numbers will be off & changes to my dosing will occur.

          • JWC

            I have a mild allergy to red wine

          • TampaDink

            Can you drink whites?

          • JWC

            ya its the tannins in the red grapes Just a sniff and I sneeze

          • TampaDink

            I’ve heard that tannins can be problematic for some.

          • JWC

            started back in my 20’s YES they had wine ,both colors, back then

          • TampaDink

            Did they have glass bottles or did it come in clay jugs? Just kidding….you are not that old.

          • JWC

            Ya young whippersnapper they hadn’t invented glass yet On a serious note Harvet appears to be what 250-300 miles SW of you any probs of you??

          • TampaDink

            We shouldn’t be affected in the least.

          • JWC

            didn’t think so just checking to be sure

          • TampaDink

            I hope those in his path stay safe….and that the damage will be minimal, especially since hair furor has not appointed anyone to head up FEMA.

          • JWC

            He has not mentioned it nor the lost sailors. It doesn’t affect him etgo it didn’t happen

          • TampaDink

            He did react to the news of the lost sailors….once. His “touching” statement was, “That’s too bad.” Unfuckingbelievable!

          • JWC

            with all thedeep thought and sincerity of a lost library book

          • JWC

            well that was useless. Laid down on the couch to read and zonked out for an hour and a bit

          • JWC

            and once again its 35 mins for you to Rachel and the Lawrence Enjoy your flagon of (fill in the blank) My dinz is on the go Have a pleaqsant evening Hope you got your meds sortred out

          • TampaDink

            Sorry that I went missing….the saga of getting my “rat poison” refilled turned into more drama than I was prepared for. Finally got my order around 7 pm. Tomorrow I plan to go for my blood work in the late morning & by late afternoon I’m headed about 30 miles south of here to have dinner with a distant cousin in the tiny fishing village of St. Marks. After that, I’ll be meeting up with a friend from h.s. (& her husband), who I have not seen since…and its only been about 35 years, for craft beers. We’ve sporadically kept in touch via email. Today has been such a long day, did I tell you that my nephew’s (Michael) whose parents I am house/dog/pool sitting for mother-in-law died last night. I don’t know any details other than she’d been unwell for decades….& his father-in-law is not in great shape either. Dianne is an only child & this has hit her hard. Anyhow….now that I’ve semi-watched Rachel & Lawrence, I think it is time for maybe one more bourbon & a pipe out on the patio before bed.

          • JWC

            Wow Denis that’s a lot in one day enjoy that bourbon and patio and tomorrow. Will chat when you can Just starting Rachel now

          • JWC

            hope you had a good day yesterday and all the socializing was fun

          • TampaDink

            I did, thanks, John! I didn’t get home until after 1 this morning & my niece-in-law called around 8:30 inviting me to breakfast. I rarely eat breakfast & when I do it is never that early in the morning. They brought me up to speed on Dianne’s mom’s death & plans for a memorial gathering/wake….which my bro & sis-in-law have told them that they can hold it here. Lesley’s mom will help coordinate food & beverage, my job is just to keep the house in as good of shape as typical….which I have & will. The event probably will not occur until the weekend of 9/8. Getting ready to head back to Lake Tribe Brewing for trying out their news limited edition beers. Then tonight I’m meeting my friend from H.S. again (last night’s reunion went very well) her husband (who is really great) plays in a swing band & they’re playing tonight at the American Legion. Gina encouraged me to come so we can do more catching up. Talk again soon. Enjoy your Saturday!

          • JWC

            Good for you Denis All things you wouldn’t do in Tampa a great change of pace Yot did not miss Rachel or Lawrence as bothe were premented by that windstorm caused by Gays in Texas and it was all monitored by thr (my terms) second least liked guy at MSNBC ENJOY!!

          • TampaDink

            I must ask….who is the 2nd least liked guy @ MSNBC?

          • JWC

            The chubby bald guy with glasses the other is I think Chris Hayes

          • TampaDink

            There is that. lol

          • JWC

            cant tink of baldies name

          • JWC

            Chris Hayes #1 Ali Velshi#2

          • TampaDink

            I rank Chris Matthews & Brian Williams as more annoying that either Hayes or Velshi…but none of the 4 are among my faves. Getting ready to head out for another night on the town. Doing as much socializing as I can while the invitations keep coming. Jeff wouldn’t come along, even if he were here. While the cat is at home….the mouse will play. Have a great night.

          • JWC

            probably meany Mathews but ya same 4 for me Have a great time Denis

          • JWC

            Hello Hope you had another fun evening with you friends

          • TampaDink

            I really, really did. During the band’s 2 breaks, I played groupie & went with Gina, her husband a another couple who are very good friends of theirs & got a bit stoned. Feeling decadent so I think I’ll be indulging in another sour candy from Colorado…sometime shortly. Also the one of the 3 new offerings from Lake Tribe that they’d run out of on tap was available in a 16 oz bottle…having that now. It is called Flamango, mango & peach flavored tart but smooth after being aged in a bourbon barrel. I hope that you’re having a great day.

          • JWC

            not as great as yours but doing OK

          • TampaDink

            Just watched the 1st two episodes of Disjointed on Netflix. I love Kathy Bates & really want to love this new sitcom but the acting hasn’t impressed me so far. Could be a highly critical view from being a bit high myself. ;-p

          • JWC

            question? did you tire of White collar ?

          • JWC

            I don’t know if this got sent Did you not care for White Collar

          • TampaDink

            Sorry, things got busy here last night….it isn’t that I don’t care for W.C., I just need to be in the right mood to watch it. (My attention span is often less than that of a gnat!)

          • JWC

            no problem just a suggestion I am 1/2 way thru S5

          • JWC

            Building Dinz and for you its nearing Rachel and Lawrence and anothe Vodka

          • TampaDink

            Yup….2 minutes til Rachel….and 3 vodkas down. ;-p

          • JWC

            good balanc #1 scotch and its only local news

          • JWC

            hope you had a good day visiting Got you vodka(s) poured and Rachel soon

          • JWC

            Well my friend ,here comes the sun Off for about 90 mins

    • prixator

      The wording in the CNN article, if accurate, removes any doubt:

      The White House has prepared the paperwork for President Drumpf to pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio when he makes the final decision to do so.

      They use “when”, not “if”. He’s just waiting for a better time to do it.

      • TampaDink

        No doubt you are right about his timing. It will be used in an attempt to distract news media from some new details in the Russia investigation.

    • Derrick Johns

      Yes, I agree with you TampaDink. We will have President Pence within a year. President Trump is mentally incompetent. Will President Pence be any better on progressive issues? I don’t know. We’ll find out. At least President Pence’s hair do will look better.

      • TampaDink

        Pence will be a nightmare on progressive issues…but at least I think that he won’t continuously try to incite nuclear war.

        • Derrick Johns

          Yes, but being governor of Indiana may be much more constrictive than being President of the United States. Maybe President Pence will be more inclusive. And maybe I’m being totally unrealistic LOL Well, what we have now in the White House is a lunatic…and so are Donald Jr and Eric. We’ll all pray for Barron.

          • TampaDink

            His governorship was so important to him that rather than step down when he became v.p.-elect, he continued to fulfill his term at the same time as being put in charge of the transition team. The transition team was notified in writing & in person about the connections that Mike Flynn had with Vlad…but pence denied any knowledge of that until AFTER Flynn had been allowed to resign.
            I think that the world might be safer but I don’t think our community is going to get anything but governmental abuse if pence is allowed to rise to the top instead of going to prison for being a lying piece of shit.

  • billbear1961

    This NAZI intends to use pardons as one weapon in his war to place himself ABOVE THE LAW.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    He’s not going to prison for “enforcing the law” and “working to keep people safe.” If he were to go to prison it is for fucking BREAKING the goddam law after being warned by a judge over and over.

    The UN has already scolded Trump for his handling of the Nazi demonstration. We have gone into other countries to save the people from unstable dictatorships, maybe its time someone does it for us?

    • clay

      He’ll soon be losing lawsuits about violating the Constitution and using policing techniques proven to be ineffective at keeping people safe.

      • Karl Dubhe

        Then he’ll emulate his hero and ask where the court’s armies are…

    • prixator

      It’s also such blatant cronyism.

  • Bluto

    twitler’s is going to pardon a raging fellow bigot who’s sentence will be no more than a slap on the wrist anyways. This is his unite the country plan. I dunno what to say anymore.

  • bkmn

    Gotta send a message to the armed idiots to be ready for his impeachment/indictment/censure so they can be locked and loaded

  • Tomcat

    Pardoning him does not make him a decent person. Just one of the deplorables.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    To every (mostly Democratic) member of Congress saying “its not time to talk about impeachment” YES THE FUCK IT IS.

    https://www.contactingcongress.org/

    • Vista-Cruiser

      I disagree. Pence would be more effective at getting the full right-wing agenda enacted into law.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        I agree, but he’s far less likely to start a nuclear conflict. He’s far less likely to continue to alienate every worldwide ally.

        • boatboy_srq

          It all depends on whether the 25M dead/irradiated Koreans Lord Dampnut would cause is worse than the 400M impoverished, illiterate Ahmurrrrcans pResident Pence’s legacy would leave.

  • Tomcat

    Can we get his arrest mugshots first please.

    • clay

      Not for misdemeanor charges (in many jurisdictions).

      • Tomcat

        Well hell then we need to make our own.

  • leastyebejudged

    The police and their supporters are a criminal class.

  • JWC

    Arizona Is a fucked up state like those 9 or so in the SE corner of the US Look at theit past governor Trailerpark Jan (sorry trailer park ers) That woman came up pretty short on intelligence manners or breeding

  • ben
  • Friday

    This is pure and obvious corruption, and in the name of right-wing white supremacism,

  • billbear1961

    Why aren’t the Democrats organizing massive and relentless protests to DEMAND this maniac’s removal from power?

    Even without what Mueller may uncover, there is already PLENTY to use to demand he step down!

    This NAZI is unfit and DANGEROUS–there is no excuse, at this point, not to launch protests to demand his removal from office!

    After Charlottesville and last night in Phoenix and now THIS, that we are NOT in the streets to demand he step down is INEXCUSABLE!!

    We need HUNDREDS more BOSTONS to DRIVE HIM FROM POWER!!

    • Friday

      Pretty much cause until the Republicans grow some integrity, there’s not much that can be done yet.

    • Cattleya1

      Mr. Bear – you are absolutely right, but the psychopath-in-chief is not going to step down until his business is really suffering. The rethugs won’t remove him – not even if he is sitting on the edge of the oval office, flinging his own shit.

  • Hue-Man

    By pardoning a criminal for contempt of court, Trump is showing his contempt for ALL courts.

    • -M-

      And all laws. And all rights. And all people.

    • billbear1961

      His CONTEMPT for the very RULE OF LAW!

      He thinks HE is the law, and if we don’t FORCE Congress to remove him from office, he will begin to use pardons to excuse ANY crime committed to support his racist agenda and his fledgling DICTATORSHIP!!

      It will be a CLEAR signal to the NAZIS and every other white supremacist in this country that their DICTATOR is placing himself and them ABOVE THE LAW!!

    • The_Wretched

      And in doing so, takes the political act of public support for bigotry. The white-nationalists love him for a reason.

  • Blake J Butler

    Either impeachment needs to happen because it is long overdue. Or someone needs to keep shoveling him chocolate cakes.

    Since he likes “winning” so much tell him to celebrate with cake.

  • Whatever. The motherfucker will do what motherfuckers do.

    Thing is, Arpaio’s conviction is most likely to result in civil sanctions and probation only. It’s a misdemeanor charge. He’s also no longer sheriff, having lost his reelection bid, and likely never will be again.

    I’m not downplaying the symbolism here: This is Donald Shitgoblin Trump deliberately siding himself and his administration with white supremacists who break the law. It’s significant.

    Yet it’s not unexpected, and while it certainly is worth protesting and making hay about, if he does do the pardon—and I put it at 50/50 right now—in the long run it’s meaningless.

    The bigger issue here is the visible and increasingly obvious deterioration of Donald’s mental state. Even by his own horrific standards, last night’s ‘rally’ was rambling, incoherent, and full of bizarre lies.

    The Post’s Jenna Johnson captures another side of the audience’s reaction with this memorable description:

    “As the night dragged on, many in the crowd lost interest in what the president was saying.

    Hundreds left early, while others plopped down on the ground, scrolled through their social media feeds or started up a conversation with their neighbors. After waiting for hours in 107-degree heat to get into the rally hall — where their water bottles were confiscated by security — people were tired and dehydrated and the president just wasn’t keeping their attention. Although Trump has long been the master of reading the mood of a room and quickly adjusting his message to satisfy as many of his fans as possible, his rage seemed to cloud his senses.”

    This is the bigger deal here. His audience of deplorables is losing interest in him. Meaning he’ll become all the more desperate to feed his psychotic narcissism.

    There is no way this situation lasts much longer. Either America goes down and devolves into chaos and civil war. Or it finally expels the poison. I’m actually a little bit encouraged by the fact Republican leaders are expressing dismay, disgust, and some expressions that “something must be done.”

    Trump needs to be impeached. Or removed via 25th Amendment. And for the sake of the nation, it needs to happen sooner rather than later.

    • jimbo65

      If he’s not stripped of the office soon, we’ll all just be walking out our doors one day greeted by a bright flash and it’ll be all over. At least I hope I’m in ground zero. I’d rather go quickly.

    • The_Wretched

      I can think of at least 2 more removal methods – military coup and “polunium tea” (or similar). Please note I’m not calling for either. If one of the two more ‘peaceful’ methods aren’t used, the pressure for the other options increases.

      I found the TPM summery useful. I gave up trying to listen to him. He lied about which lies he previously lied. It was very inception. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/trump-speech-phoenix-charlottesville-arpaio-border-wall

      • I can think of such methods, too. I’ve said before that among the least preferable options that aren’t a no-go for me, a coup would be the last I’d want…but it would be better than him being allowed to continue.

        As an American though, I don’t joke, kid, suggest, or even hope for the ‘polonium tea’ thing. It would not go well for the country if it happened…plus the Secret Service and FBI really frown on anything even remotely like advocating for that to happen.

        • Paul

          The Trumpbots will just blame Hillary anyway.

      • Rambie

        Impeach or 25th for Trump, anything else would make him a martyr

    • Nowhereman

      Let’s just hope that Pence goes down with him.

      • Mb

        Then Paul Ryan becomes president unless they fill the VP slot before Pence goes and that would only happen if Pence went first (see Nixon and Spiro Agnew). Of course that means he who shall not be named will be the one to pick a new VP.

      • Derrick Johns

        Yeah, but then the Speaker of House becomes president . I’m not sure. I should have googled first.

        • Nowhereman

          Yeah, the Speaker would be next, then I think the President pro tem in the Senate, Orin Hatch. then it goes through the cabinet. President Doctor Stabby, anyone?

    • prixator

      Would either of those actions mean an end to the Special Counsel investigation? It shouldn’t because it’s not explicitly about Trump.

      But, I’m a furriner, so what do I know?

      • I’m an American and fuck-all if I know what’s going to happen. I remember the craziness of the end of the 1960s, and a few years later when people openly wondered if Nixon would do something nuts as he was pressured to resign. This is nothing like those times.

        Now, here we are, where lots and lots of people are dead certain Trump is crazy and the question isn’t whether he’ll do something insane as the investigatory noose tightens—because it’s all but certain he would—but whether he’d be stopped.

  • clay

    Arapio served the US for 30 years, which is a long time, long enough that it doesn’t need to be inflated with his local service.

  • -M-

    Racial profiling, criminal contempt, and disregarding a court order are not enforcing the law. They’re crimes and promoting criminal behavior by law enforcement or other public officials doesn’t make people safer. 😡

  • Cuberly

    OT: I need a distraction. Um, click on the pic.

    https://twitter.com/MyDaughtersArmy/status/900423628600164353

  • unsurprising, disgusting, and fascist. his crime was not obeying a court, something fascists are doing increasingly, because they know they can get away with it. this will be a big red flag to future historians, when they look for the causes of America’s descent and destruction via reactionary right wing politics.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Did you already read the the Bundy protestors who pointed high powered sniper rifles and LEO’s were found not guilty? The rule of law is gone.

      • The_Wretched

        Jury nullification to protect bigots and white christian privilege. It’s been a problem for a long time.

  • Mark

    Of course he will…..

  • boobert
  • Of course he is. Why are people still in denial about Trump? There’s not going to be a pivot. He is who he has always been. Why can’t people accept the reality? The biggest danger to our country is people who are in positions to do something sitting around waiting for things to get better on their own. They won’t. They can’t. It’s just going to keep getting worse while the same people twiddle their thumbs acting like it’s not really that bad.

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Yes this is terrible. But it’s also a direct and foreseeable result of Democrats not bothering to vote in elections.

    • Tomcat

      I guess they did not believe Obama and Hillary when they said
      ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.

  • jimbo65

    God when is this asshole getting thrown out of office. Yeah, sure, pardon a racist asshole, stack vacancies with woefully unqualified and inept people etc. I’m just too numb anymore to be surprised or have any more fucks to give.

  • AtticusP

    I wonder whether the same people that are prepping the paperwork for Arpeio’s pardon are the same ones who have placed the order for swastika armbands.

  • blackstar
  • safari

    This is a man who knowingly ignored a federal court.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Ignoring Federal Courts: a right-winger’s walking wet dream.

    • kanehau

      Which is why Trump admires him.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Hate-monger Dumpf to pardon infamous racist Joe Arpaio.
    And the nazis CHEER!
    Despicable!!

  • Halou

    “Arpaio served his country for 50 years in the military, the Drug Enforcement Administration and as Arizona’s Maricopa County sheriff”

    None of which matters. He broke the law and should be dealt with accordingly. The most they could argue is that a long period of military service is to be considered when handing down a sentence, it should not be a reason to say that he should not face any penalty for his actions whatsoever.
    Donating $1,000 to an animal welfare charity does not mean I become entitled to poison my neighbor’s rabbits.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      If you remember, they tried to use this with Dennis the molester Hastert too.

      • TuuxKabin

        Note of observation. Seeing for first time. You and your wiener! Ja, ja!

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          Everyone who knows me talks about my wiener, so I thought time to change up the avatar for a while. And yes, I do trip over her sometimes.

          • TuuxKabin
          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            OMG that’s fabulous. I have not seen the video or heard the song before and somehow feel I’ve earned a gay demerit for not already knowing about it.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            ..Another version with the fabulous Ms. Midler

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24g1wiwoOdw

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            My darling Bette did it too? OMG, at this point, I may have to turn in my gay card (do I have to return the toaster)?

            Thank you for posting.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            Fortunately, you are excused because you do so much to keep us all better informed. If the odd thing slips by you, well, c’est la vie.
            You get to keep your card, and the toaster, too.
            🙂

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Amanda, you are far too generous. I will forgo brunch this Sunday in penance.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            No penance required…we’re NOT the catholic church!
            Go to brunch, have an extra libation (or 3), wear your highest heels, and lead the crowd in a rousing version of this great song.

            Olé!

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            With all the ugliness going on, you are a charming breath of fresh air. Thank you. I may leave my cha-cha heels at home this Sunday, but will have an extra mimosa in your honor. Hugs to ya! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42e754c0f4dfe287d1f477d9ca29dbaf75fb02350a0c1dd18ba193b7dcd19056.jpg

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            Thanks, Skokiguy, you’ve made my day.
            Hugs right back to you.

          • TuuxKabin

            Don’t be. It’s okay. The original by Kirsty MacColl. Brit. Sang with the Pogues. Was getting out of her bluesier period traveled to Cuba & Mexico, was swimming off beach in Cozumel, struck by jet ski and died of injuries. Bastard Mexican oligarch father flew son, responsible, out of the country. Check her out on YouTube. She was/is irreplaceable. Glad you like her music. Never tire of her. Check out England 2, Columbia nil.

    • Tomcat

      Took him a long time to become the asshole he is today,, so give him an award too.

    • Stev84

      It shouldn’t be used to reduce a sentence either. That’s just idiotic and very dangerous

    • BudClark

      The DEA has a distinct odour of ordure about it.

  • MBear

    Any more proof needed the administration is racist?

    • Tomcat

      You mean other than Trump himself? NO!

    • Cattleya1

      …corrupt?

  • Tomcat

    Trump hiring Arpaio for his Reich wing military leader.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Attorney General

      • Tomcat

        Now he would go after Hillary for sure.
        And would quash any Russian investigations.

  • Halou
    • Tomcat

      He would NEVER say PLEASE.

  • Tomcat
  • SFBruce

    Arpaio hasn’t even been sentenced yet, and the maximum he could receive is a mere 6 months in jail for this misdemeanor charge. But no big surprise, since this is a chance for little Donnie to show he’s the boss, and more importantly, get more cheers from the idiots who like this crap.

  • Stev84

    Typical America. Being in the military or the police excuses just about any behavior.

    Also way to go to prove that you’re not completely racist

    • Tomcat

      Sounds like republican talking points to me.

  • Tomcat

    OT: this is what you get when your government says they don’t want it here.

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/08/22/ford-explores-new-china-joint-venture-for-electric-cars.html

  • TexasBoy

    Police are supposed to obey the laws. Racial profiling is illegal. He was ordered to stop, and did not do so. We should not reward someone, especially someone in the position he was in, for disobeying the law.

  • Tomcat

    The judge should throw out conviction just to keep trump from getting off on his pardon power.

  • Tomcat

    Maybe there are some CIVIL cases that can be filed over his continuing to profile people? Be nice to see ACLU go after his wallet..

  • Cuberly
  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    What’s Trump waiting on, “sweeps week”?

    • coram nobis

      Doesn’t that come up in September?

    • M Jackson

      How very 1995. Is that stil a thing?

  • coram nobis

    A misdemeanor sentence would have meant that, instead of going to state prison, Arpaio would likely have landed in his own Maricopa County jail. Sad!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Sadly, this will come as a surprise to no one.

  • CottonBlimp

    Not that anyone needs another reason to loathe Joe Arpaio, but for some reason barely anyone reports on the fact that he literally framed a kid for murder.

    http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/a-phony-murder-plot-against-joe-arpaio-winds-up-costing-taxpayers-11-million-6629798

  • The Milkman

    Trump’s presidency is serving as a really valuable stress test for our democracy’s institutions, for anyone with eyes to see. He’s deplorable, yes. But there are lessons to be learned regarding what changes need to be made. Presidents shouldn’t be able to pardon people this easily, no matter what their political stripe.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Penn Jillette made a similar sentiment on Bill Maher’s show regarding how Trump has made us reevaluate presidential power.

      • The Milkman

        I think of presidents in the past whom I’ve supported, and what pardons they signed on the last day of their terms. Few of them were pardons that seemed like the right thing to do. I imagine that they were signed due to political or financial pressure, at least some of them. But then again, the pardons that Obama signed for people in prison for low-level drug crimes were more reasonable. Jillette is right. We need to re-evaluate presidential power.

    • Plus the emoulments clause etc. need to be tightened up and given actual power.

  • Travis Morrow

    He’s testing the waters to see if he can pardon himself and be okay.

  • Jerry Kott

    Since this loon hasn’t gotten the message and he will believe he has immunity because of the turd in the WH. It may be safe to say in a matter of time, he will do it again.

  • Bad Tom

    HEY TRUMP!
    It’s traditional to wait until Thanksgiving to pardon turkeys.

  • MassageBear

  • hdtex
  • infmom

    It was pretty funny watching oh so brave Joey flinch back from a microphone wielded by a reporter from Univision.

  • JCF
  • BradCav

    Would be a perfect headline if it read “White House Preps Pardon Paperwork For Perp Joe Arpaio”

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