Donald Trump’s presidency has seen its fair share of controversy. Since he assumed office, he has made decisions which have left many people baffled. To be frank, some actions he has taken are not presidential at all. His conduct does not befit that of a head of state of the free world.
Trump’s weird pronunciations
Immediately he took office; he started making pronunciations which would threaten the fabric that bind the communities that live in the United States. He talked about a wall that would separate the United States and Mexico and the infamous “Muslim ban.” These are just some of the issues that got the people talking about his presidency.
Trump and Arpaio cooperation
Another decision he took that showed his racist inclinations is the pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County. Arpaio was a close associate of Donald Trump in the run-up to the last General Election, and he campaigned aggressively for Donald Trump. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
They had also worked closely together through the birther movement that was stated by Trump. He claimed that Former President Barack Obama did not own a birth certificate, sentiments that were amplified by like-minded Americans such as Joe Arpaio.
The toughest sheriff in America
Due to his position on the issue of immigration, Joe Arpaio became very popular among the supporters of anti-immigration. He started referring to himself as the toughest sheriff in America, a title that depicted a ruthless leader who did not entertain immigration in his county of Maricopa.
Atrocities in concentration camps
Arpaio treated immigrants in his county as outcasts. He built jails he called “concentration camps” and which he used as torture centers for those arrested. All manner of atrocities against human beings happened here. Immigrants were ruthlessly beaten, some killed and others incapacitated. There were also reports of sex crimes against women and children held in the concentration camps. The most notorious concentration camp was known as Tent City.
Larkin and Lacey factor
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are veteran journalists from Arizona. They started journalism in the 1970s. They took over the Phoenix New Times, which was a university paper and made it a commercial paper. Lacey and Larkin used this channel to uncover the atrocities committed by Joe Arpaio.
The arrest of Lacey and Larkin
In 2007, Michel Lacey and Jim Larkin did a story about a grand jury proceeding that wanted to give powers to Arpaio to exercise powers which were against the constitution. The matter angered Arpaio who was on a witch-hunt mission because of the contribution they had in uncovering his conduct.
Lacey and Larkin were arrested in the middle of the night and were only released the following day due to public outcry. The matter ended with the compensation of Lacey and Larkin for an amount of $3.75 million.