Mike Pence seems to be feeling overlooked and overshadowed by all the other terrible people in the Trump administration, so he found a way to remind us all what a terrible person he is in his own right: by lavishly praising former sheriff and fellow terrible person Joe Arpaio.
Pence, speaking at a tax policy event in Phoenix, said he was “honored” by the former sheriff’s attendance, and called Arpaio a “great friend of this president and tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law.”
A tireless champion of the rule of law? Arpaio got a pardon from Donald Trump to protect him from the consequences of his lawlessness—in that case, intentionally violating a court order against illegally targeting immigrants. Arpaio is a racist who built his “law enforcement” career on racism, and he was so busy tormenting and humiliating immigrants that he often didn’t bother to investigate sex crimes, including child molestation. What a fine champion of the rule of law!
Arpaio’s crimes cost taxpayers as much as $150 million. His treatment of prisoners—many of whom were his prisoners to begin with because he’d targeted them for being Latino—amounted to torture. Mike Pence is honored by being in the same room as Arpaio, that tireless champion of
the rule of law racism, lawlessness, and torture.
"I'm honored to have you here."
Vice President Mike Pence recognizes ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio during a tax policy event in Arizona, calling Arpaio a "tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law." pic.twitter.com/tzmS3sKPnN
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 1, 2018