Pardon The Racist


Joe Arpaio, the disgraced former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona has a lot in common with Donald Trump. They’re both old, crotchety, birthers, anti-immigrant, no regard for the laws they’ve both sworn to uphold and protect, and really, really, really, racist old fucks.

Arpaio was famous for making prisoners sleep in tents (in Arizona), wear pink underwear, and eat jail food that made you wish you were eating regular jail food. He was a big proponent of the Obama birther conspiracy, even sending “investigators” to Hawaii to prove Obama wasn’t born in the United States, thus ineligible for the presidency. Man, he and Trump hate black people.

The oddest thing about the birther stuff, other than it is total bullshit (and probably outside the jurisdiction of a county sheriff who’s also a racist old fuck), is that you would think that an officer of the law would need evidence of a crime. But Racist Old Fuck Joe isn’t real big on evidence, as he was quite fond of stopping people and incarcerating them on the basis of their skin color.

Racist Old Fuck Joe would hold people in jail on the suspicion that they were in the nation illegally. You may not be aware of this, but that’s illegal. You know that United States Constitution thing that conservatives are always claiming they’re so protective of? Yeah, well that document has an amendment covering illegal search and seizures, which includes arrest and detainment. It’s called the Fourth Amendment.

The text is; “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Being brown is not “probable cause.”

Racist Old Fuck Joe would arrest and detain people based on the color of their skin. A federal judge ordered him to cut it out. Racist Old Fuck Joe ignored the order, and he was convicted in July of criminal contempt of court for disregarding a federal judge’s orders. Racist Old Fuck Joe was facing six months in prison.

Racist Old Fuck Donald “Lock Her Up” Trump has a total disregard for the law. On Friday night, he pardoned Joe. He didn’t wait for the appeal process.

Joe was an early supporter of Trump. Trump’s pardon is purely political and has no basis in justice or doing the right thing. Trump even waited for Hurricane Harvey to slam into Texas and dominate the news before he issued the pardon (he also conducted a news dump of the military’s trans ban becoming official and White House Nazi Sebastian Gorka, who makes other Nazis feel icky, resigning). Trump even used the hint of the pardon at his campaign rally Tuesday night in Arizona. This pardon was issued only to inject enthusiasm into his racist base.

Conservatives who never disagree with a racist act committed by a white Republican are rejoicing and throwing up false equivalency bullshit to defend the pardon. Let’s debunk the bullshit right now.

The first argument is that it was unfair to convict Joe since he didn’t have a jury trial. Hey, Constitutionalists. The Supreme Court ruled in 1970 (Baldwin v. New York, 399 U.S. 66), that if the sentence is less than six months then the defendant doesn’t need a trial by jury.

Conservatives bring up Obama pardoning Chelsea Manning, as a tit-for-tat equivalency. Two problems with this. First, how is this argument supposed to work exactly? Because Obama issued a supposedly bad pardon, then it’s OK for Trump to do the same thing? The second problem with this, is Obama didn’t pardon Manning. Manning went to prison and served six years of a 35-year sentence. Obama commuted her sentence. She is still a convicted criminal. Hell, Obama let her sit in jail for four more months after the commutation. Joe hasn’t served any time or had to wear the pink underwear yet (unless he’s into that sort of thing).

Conservatives also like to bring up Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich. My response to this is, “so what?” Yes, that was a bad pardon. Even Clinton regrets that pardon. But, not everything must be partisan. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Also, what the holy fuck does that have to do with Trump and Arpaio? Basically, conservative logic doesn’t require logic.

Trump argues that Joe was convicted for “just doing his job.” Conservatives echo that argument and state that Racist Old Fuck Joe was protecting us from illegal immigrants. No. He wasn’t. How is incarcerating American citizens protecting us from illegal immigrants? Man, conservatives suck at arguing.

And, another thing; There is a Justice Department policy which calls for a waiting period of at least five years before the consideration of a pardon application and some expression of regret or remorse by the applicant. Has Racist Old Fuck Joe expressed any regret or remorse? Hell no. He cries that if he can be arrested for violating his oath of office, breaking the law, and violating the Constitution, then they can arrest anyone for that kind of stuff. Well, yeah!

Pardoning Racist Old Fuck Joe tells other officials across the country that they too can place themselves above the law and the United States Constitution, and crack some minority heads too, and our old racist fuck president will have their back. If nothing else, just ignore those court orders.

Trump has done a great job of convincing us he’s not a racist. He spent the week equating anti-racism protesters with Nazis. He retweeted from an anti-Semitic fucker who hates the way his Jewish neighbors drive. And, now he’s pardoned the most racist cop in the nation.

Racist old fucks.

Creative note: By late Friday morning I had drawn two cartoons. I drew the Hillary cartoon and another for The Costa Rica Star (which will be published soon). I had a feeling that Trump would pardon racist old fuck Joe on Friday evening and that I would need to draw a cartoon on that. But, I had my “Blacks For Trump” idea and I really wanted to draw that. So, I drew three cartoons yesterday morning and then I slept. And, I slept hard…for like four hours. I’m taking the rest of the day off and won’t draw again until Sunday evening/Monday morning. I hope you go through withdrawal.

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  1. Aristophanes:

    The president’s pardon power is broad, but not without its own check: democratic popularity. It remains to be seen whether President Donald Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio will cause his base to dwindle any further, but it could. It really could.

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    1. You think the base he has left isn’t as racist as he is?

      I read a poll that 60% of Trump voters say that he could not possibly do or say anything that would make them stop supporting him. At that point, it’s not a political opinion, it’s a religion. They pretty much literally think he is Jesus Christ.

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  2. I’m communicating this because you are my favorite political cartoonist, hands down. Don’t be surprised if you get some “blowback” from this one. Not because of Arpaio. That man is lower than fish shit. Because the drawing seems to lump all cops in with him, or makes it appear that all cops go around beating minorities. Just a thought. Keep the faith!


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