I Can’t Believe He Did That!!!

On Friday, with category 4 Hurricane Harvey barreling toward the east coast of Texas, Donald Trump had other things on his mind … following through on his threats … or keeping his promises, depending on where you stand on such things.

The first was the pardoning of racist former sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona.  As you may recall, Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to end illegal racist practices in Maricopa Country during his tenure there.

“Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.” – Donald Trump

The pardon sends a double message.  The first is that racists and bigots need not worry overly much about consequences for their actions as long as Trump is in office.  The second, equally disturbing message, is that he will pardon with impunity, those who he sees as loyal supporters.

Consider, for example, James Fields, who used his car as a weapon of terror in Charlottesville two weeks ago, injuring 19 and killing 34-year-old Heather Heyer.  If he is convicted, as he must be, of murder, will Trump pardon him?  Would we be surprised if he did?

Ultimately, I believe a number of people will be convicted of treason for colluding with Russia in the interference of the 2016 presidential election.  I speculate that some of those people are  very close to Trump, and others may still be loyal followers.  Will Trump simply pardon them, one by one, as they are convicted?  And again, would it surprise us if he did?

The Constitution gives the president nearly unlimited power to grant clemency to people convicted of federal offenses, so Mr. Trump can pardon Mr. Arpaio. But Mr. Arpaio was an elected official who defied a federal court’s order that he stop violating people’s constitutional rights. He was found in contempt of that court. By pardoning him, Mr. Trump would show his contempt for the American court system and its only means of enforcing the law, since he would be sending a message to other officials that they may flout court orders also.New York Times, 26 August 2017

The second thing Trump did on Friday night was to sign yet another of his over-reaching executive orders, this one to follow through on his tweet of a few weeks ago banning transgender individuals from the military.

Last month, in one of his palsied morning blurbs, Trump tweeted …

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,”

Turned out that “his” generals had neither been consulted nor given an opportunity for  input, as they were caught completely off guard and vowed to make no changes until given a formal directive to do so.  Trump’s executive order was just such a directive:

“Accordingly, by the authority vested in me as President and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States under the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including Article II of the Constitution, I am directing the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard, to return to the longstanding policy and practice on military service by transgender individuals that was in place prior to June 2016 until such time as a sufficient basis exists upon which to conclude that terminating that policy and practice would not have the negative effects discussed above.”

The reasons for this abomination, this reversal of civil rights, are stated in his directive to be the additional medical cost.  I suggest there is a more prevalent, two-fold reason. First, his base of social conservatives has no tolerance for the LGBT community anywhere … not in places of business, not in public restrooms, and not in the military.  Second, and this has been the reason for many, if not most, of his executive orders:  President Obama was the one who took the step to stop discriminating against the LGBT community, and Trump is determined to reverse any and all actions his predecessor took.

Both of these actions, the pardoning of Arpaio and the banning of transgender people from the military, are steeped in controversy and there will be a hue and cry.  It has been suggested by at least one analyst that Hurricane Harvey played right into Trump’s hands, providing cover for these two newsworthy items, giving him the hope that his actions would go largely unnoticed.  In this day of ongoing news coverage, that is not going to happen.  There will be, already is, a storm brewing that has nothing to do with wind and rain, but with truth and justice.

With these two latest decisions, as with most of his executive orders thus far, Trump has grossly abused the power of his office.  He is not the first to pardon someone who did not deserve to be pardoned, but in doing so, he has taken our nation a step backward in civil rights, in human rights, as it were.  The same is true of his transgender ban.  Under the past 50-60 years, this country has made strides in civil rights, in acceptance of ALL humans as equal.  Last night, Donald Trump began chipping away at those rights, and sent a message loud and clear that we cannot trust the person in the Oval Office.  What is next?  For make no mistake … the indignities will not stop here.

61 thoughts on “I Can’t Believe He Did That!!!

      • I think he’s (Jamie) a little misguided but he means well and I am undecided on Mr. Pence’s intentions or personal leanings. Trumpest leaves me in no doubt. He makes decisions that I would not! I am no politician, but I do believe Trumpets is heading back to the past…and that is destructive.

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          • Just read your ‘Pence’ idiot of the week piece…and yes did clock Jamie’s concerns that he is a ‘Jesuit’ Catholic. Both pieces are a concern. I know all too well (born into a very Catholic family) that religious zealots abound within the faith, and they are every bit as dangerous as more notorious factions when it comes to the moral high ground issues. But talk is one thing, and action is another. If Pencer starts enacting what is in his corrupted thoughts he will fully jump into the same play pen as Trumpest.

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            • It may well be that he will end up going down with the Trump-tanic, for he is not without Russian connections himself! As I said, I am not a Pence fan, do NOT like his bigotry, most of all, but I still see him as being a saner choice than Trump, for though a bigot, he doesn’t appear to be mentally unstable, as Trump does. Sigh.

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  1. Jill, the Sheriff violates a court order and does what the order tells him not to. Regardless of whether one agrees with that action, it violates a judge. Having been in over 4,000 lawsuits where the result does not always please The Donald, telling a judge his opinion does not matter is not following the law and sets terrible precedent.

    As for the transgender troops issue, this is discriminatory, plain and simple. It is also unwise, as a qualified candidate may be overlooked. I remind folks of Alan Turing whose groundbreaking computer science work broke the Nazi Enigma code. Allied Commander General Eisenhower said Turing’s efforts saved about a million lives and shortened the war by two years. But, he had to hide the fact he was gay and eventually agreed to be chemically castrated to do his work after the war. The confused and abused Turing committed suicide in the early 1950s.

    Treating one of the greatest heroes of WWII like a criminal is a damn shame. Treating transgender troops in a similar manner is also a damn shame. So, the message from this White House incumbent is “if you are different from a perceived norm, it is better you hide that fact.”

    Keith

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  2. Oh why am I not surprised at the actions of this bloated bag of egos and appetites.
    Presidents are all secretly concerned about how History will portray them (it’s only human, we’d all do it). This one will go down as vilified, mocked and dismissed as a quirk and as time goes on a mere quirk which for the egotist he is will be a just punishment.
    But why was he not at the coast of Texas turning back the storms?….Oh I know, of course, silly me, the storms never happened it’s all Fake News!! (Sqwak! Donnie wants a cracker!).
    Hang in there USA you are better than this oaf!
    Roger

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    • Yes, I agree that he will “go down as vilified, mocked and dismissed as a quirk” … but … sooner would be better. I tire of constantly using words like ‘abomination’, ‘buffoon’, and … well, we’ll just leave it at that, yes?

      As for why he wasn’t in Texas … I hear they begged him to stay away, saying one disaster was enough! But, despite their please, he plans to go there on Tuesday, once most of the water has receded, for we cannot have him getting his $1,000 shoes wet, now would we?

      And yes, some … most … are better than this oaf, but sadly, my experiences this weekend have shown me that some are encouraged to follow in his expensive shoes. But, as my earlier post indicates, if Rome can overcome Caligula, we can overcome assh … I mean, Trump. 😀

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  3. When I read about his latest escapades on the news today, I knew you would be writing about them! And yes, they are two more steps into the wrong direction… He is walking a dangerous path. How long will it take to repair all the damage he is doing on a daily basis (and not even one year of the four gone!)?

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    • Ahhhh … and once again I must say that you know me quite well!!! 😉 I just wonder now, what’s next on his agenda? If he actually has an agenda, that is. Might be that he just gets up each morning and goes with the first thought that pops into his head. But yes, he is dangerous … my hope is that people begin to wake up, but both of last night’s moves were designed to please his base, as I’m sure they did. Let us all hope that there will not be 4 years … one full year would be more than enough!

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  4. Rest assured if he’s found guilty of treason (as he should be) it may be no-one will pardon him and that would be right. His attempt to slip these actions under the radar haven’t worked and I’m sure someone will mention just how badly the public see him in general, but even more with the pardon.
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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          • Thanks for your words. There are days when I fear I can’t go on. I’ve been on ‘fight or flight’ mode since Nov. 8 … I wanna go home to Puerto Rico. If’ I’m going to be miserable, I’d rather be so in my country … this doesn’t feel like my country anymore! 😦 …. there was a time, not that long ago that is was!!! Hugs …

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            • Awwww … now that truly breaks my heart. However, I DO understand how you feel … I am so ashamed of my country, not only the government but some 36% of the people as well. I can only say that you must follow your heart, and if you decide to return to Puerto Rico, I understand and support you 100% I hope you will stay a part of the Word Press community, though, because I am not alone in saying that you are a valued friend. Please remember to smile sometimes … I find it helps a lot, even if only briefly. Hugs and love, dear friend. ❤

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            • Dear Jill,

              On top of DDT’S abode described transgressions, word on the street is that he is giving serious consideration to ending DACA, the program that protects young people from being deported who have never known another country than the USA but their parents are undocumented workers from other countries..

              He is trying desperately to shore up his base because that is the only hold he has on republican legislators to keep them in line.

              Hugs, Gronda

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              • Yes, I know … seems this will be his next ‘hit’. I tell you, I can’t bear it. My heart and soul are breaking. I’m raw … soon after, I’m waiting on a full attack on the LGBTQ community. Mark my words.
                This ‘man’ has no bottom! 😪

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                • Dear Horty,

                  He will do whatever it takes to shore up the largest portion of his base, comprised by Evangelicals and those who are a part of / or who empathize with the racist hate and anti immigration groups. This is the reason for the transgender-military ban; the Muslim travel ban; the pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, etc. He has no core values.

                  Huygs, Gronda

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                  • My dear friend, I know that … this ‘man’ has no redeeming value. I just wonder what lesson is there to be learned. Why are we, as a people, in the whole world, going through this debasing experience?
                    Hugs back … ❤ … I'm so glad I'm the age I am. I am on the way out rather than starting … I'm not in synch with this!! Peace … my heart and soul are hurting terribly!!

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              • Yes, I have heard that also, and it would not surprise me in the least. You are quite right about his motives. His ‘base’ have become somewhat disillusioned … not because he is a perverted bigot, but because he has absolutely zero legislative wins to his name, and they are coming to see him as ineffectual, as a man who cannot or will not keep his promises. So, his goal now is to score some win in almost any area, in order to bring new life to his supporters, for if his approval rating drops any lower, he will be doomed. I think his grip on Congress may be coming to an end, as they are finally realizing that there is no stability, no direction, no sanity in the executive office. I hope, anyway.
                Hugs!!!

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    • Cheer up, my friend. This is the time that we must remain strong in order to fight the good fight and force change for the better. I think he may be impeached, but the wheels of justice move slowly, so keep strong and hang in, okay? Hugs!!!

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