Trump hearts Arpaio

Trump. This morning. He retweeted a cartoon of a train killing a reporter. Haha. It’s one of his funny jokes, you see. Haha. If only all the reporters were dead, so that all we knew about Trump would come from his own PR team. Haha. So funny.

President Trump has retweeted a cartoon of a train bearing the Trump logo killing a CNN reporter, just days after a protester at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was fatally run down by a driver who participated in that rally. The cartoon reads “Fake news can’t stop the Trump train.” In July, Trump shared a GIF of himself beating the CNN logo to a pulp. Thirty minutes after promoting the cartoon at 7 a.m. Tuesday, it was deleted from Trump’s Twitter feed.

Thirty minutes too late, because we’ve seen it now.

Here’s something else he retweeted, and this one is still there.

He’s thinking about pardoning Joe Arpaio, whom Fox & friends calls the “colorful” former Arizona sheriff. No, he wasn’t a “colorful” sheriff, he was a sadistic sheriff who got away with it for years. NBC News takes a more sober view of him.

Critics said the pardon would be an endorsement of racism and further hypocrisy on the part of the president and blasted Trump for “attempting to lionize” Arpaio by calling him a ‘great American patriot’ despite his racial profiling of Latinos…

Arpaio is facing sentencing in October following his conviction on criminal contempt of court. A federal judge found Arpaio willfully disobeyed orders to stop arresting immigrants solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally. Before that, Arpaio had also been found to be ignoring court orders to stop racially profiling and illegally detaining Latinos.

So this is his poke in the eye to the rest of us for the fact that he was forced to pretend to condemn racism yesterday. This is his “Hahahaha I didn’t mean a word of it, suckers. If you force me to pretend I hate racism I’ll just do something extra racist an hour later.”

Salvador Reza, a Phoenix community organizer, said in a statement that Trump was throwing a bone to Nazi and Ku Klux Klan supporters after being forced to condemn them.

“He is also sending a signal to law enforcement nationwide that they can disobey a federal judge and disregard the constitution, whenever the victims are racially profiled for their ethnicity, color of skin or national origin,” said Reza.

Cecilia Wang, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, said if Trump follows through, he would be pardoning Arpaio’s “flagrant violation of federal court orders that prohibited the illegal detention of Latinos.”

“Make no mistake,” said Wang, “this would be an official presidential endorsement of racism.”

Official and conspicuous and advertised – by Trump, on Twitter. He’s letting us know. He wants to make sure we know. Mr Birther, Mr Kill the Central Park 5, Mr They’re all rapists, Mr Many sides, many sides – he wants to make damn sure we know. Trump despises brown and black people and he wants us to be in no doubt about that.

“He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him,” Fox reported Trump said of Arpaio.

He wants to be very sure we know.

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