Blackmail and Extortion

Democracy In Crisis: Politics as Crime in the Age of Trump

Democracy In Crisis: Politics as Crime in the Age of Trump

Donald Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County sheriff and top-notch torturer Joe Arpaio is, in many ways, the quintessential Trumpian act, the tarry, shit-smelling extract of the president's politics.

In the same Phoenix campaign rally—yes, it was actually paid for by Trump's 2020 campaign—where Trump spent 15 minutes attacking the press and Antifa and defending "our heritage" embodied in Confederate statues, he all but promised that Arpaio would be pardoned, but didn't actually do it.

Instead, he waited until Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on Houston to pardon America's most famous Torquemada impersonator, because he thought the ratings would...

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