This is the Lowest Point of Donald Trump’s Presidency
People call falling stock markets bear markets. Unless your society is going to collapse, a possibility perhaps worth considering, all bear markets eventually end. Indeed, that is the best time to buy stocks—when they have gone as low as they can go and a new bull market
There is a risk in trying to identify that point though. People are often early. It is a task referred to depressingly often as catching.a falling knife. The metaphor is so sticky because it is so right. It is difficult and dangerous to attempt.
I think this difficulty applies equally well to our topic.
That said, August 25, 2017 marks the moral low point of Donald Trump’s presidency.
It’s difficult to get across concisely how terrible ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio is. In his zeal to remove Hispanics from Arizona, he used his power to literally facilitate sex crimes against children:
In the shift to full-time immigration enforcement, Giblin and I found that the sheriff’s police work faltered across the board in its mission to protect the citizens of Maricopa County. Detectives shelved dozens of sex crime cases without investigating them. By Arpaio’s own admission, the number of uninvestigated sex crime cases eventually swelled to more than 400. Many of the victims were children.
Imagine hating Hispanic people enough that you would rather send a police officer to round up a random Hispanic rather than going after people who have committed sex crimes against children.
Imagine after ignoring these crimes then finding enough funding and time to send a deputy to Hawaii to investigate Obama’s birth certificate that you already declared a forgery.
Imagine running a jail that holds people that haven’t been convicted of any crime—not even of violating immigration laws—and proudly calling it a concentration camp.
Imagine being so self-satisfied in the righteousness of your cruelty against prisoners that you kill their babies.
Imagine arresting reporters who say things you don’t like, paying a $3.75 million settlement with other people’s money, and nevertheless repeatedly insisting you are the good guy.
Imagine staging an attempted murder of yourself and imprisoning the man you accused for four years and then settling the resulting lawsuit for $1.1 million of taxpayer money in addition to whatever insurance would cover.
Imagine your county needing to allocate “$23.8 million for costs associated with complying with a federal court’s orders in [a] civil rights lawsuit” against you.
Imagine repeatedly winning re-election after all that.
Sheriff Arpaio might very well be the worst person in America, and he’s Donald Trump’s buddy.
Nevertheless, don’t think this move was unpopular. Arpaio and Trump alike were known quantities. They won because of who they are and how they act, not despite it. The people went along with full knowledge of what they were doing. In Arpaio’s case, he had a full police department eager to carry out his orders. I have searched but have been unable to find a single instance of a police officer under his command express reticence at imposing what was eventually ruled as cruel and unusual punishment and unconstitutional policing tactics.
This is what the people have knowingly wrought.