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Sun May 6, 2018, 05:15 PM

Pence's oddly accommodating sense of morality

Sunday, May 06, 2018 1:00 am
Daniel W. Drezner

Until Tuesday, it seemed that Vice President Mike Pence had one primary function within the Trump administration: to be morally offended by everything. There was the time he walked out of an NFL game because some players took a knee ... Last month he “walked out of the Summit of the Americas when Cuba's foreign minister was recognized to speak after him” ...

So it is worth noting .. Tuesday in Arizona ... Pence praised former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt of court, as a 'tireless champion of ... the rule of law' ...

I have little insight into why Pence did this, and to be honest I do not care. All I know is that the number of officials in the Trump administration who can claim to have preserved their moral bearings in this administration keeps shrinking by the day ...

http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/columns/20180506/pences-sense-of-morality-oddly-accommodating

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:17 PM

1. Mike Pence dishonors himself again

By Editorial Board May 4

WHEN VICE PRESIDENT Mike Pence appeared at an event in Arizona the other day and lauded former sheriff Joe Arpaio as a “tireless champion of . . . the rule of law,” his comment wasn’t just a risible fiction about a man who made racial profiling his political calling card, thumbed his nose at a federal judge’s order and was convicted of criminal contempt of court. In kowtowing to Mr. Arpaio, a hero to alt-right racists, the vice president also announced his own contempt for principles higher than reflexive genuflection to anything and anyone favored by President Trump ...

Mr. Pence, while unstinting in his public and private obeisance to the president, has also peddled an image of himself as a compassionate Christian committed to bedrock conservative values. That squares poorly with his homage to Mr. Arpaio, whose stock in trade during more than two decades as sheriff was to harass and humiliate Hispanics, including by detaining people on suspicion of lacking proper documentation based on nothing more than their appearance ...

By publicly hailing Mr. Arpaio, the vice president ignored the former sheriff’s long record of lawlessness and blatant disregard of constitutional principles. Once, the question of what Mr. Pence really stands for was a nuanced one. Now, not so much. By embracing the role of Mr. Trump’s avatar, he has made clear that he stands exclusively for Mr. Trump, with all the moral liabilities that involves.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mike-pence-dishonors-himself-again/2018/05/04/0ea69dde-4f18-11e8-af46-b1d6dc0d9bfe_story.html?utm_term=.436e01fe6125

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:18 PM

2. Pence is a Pervert. Snl got it right yesterday

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:20 PM

3. Pence's Praise of Arpaio Shouldn't Come as a Surprise

By Ryan Bort
4 days ago

"I just found out when I was walking through the door that we were going to be joined by another favorite," Pence said after taking the stage. "A tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law who has spent a lifetime in law enforcement: Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I’m honored to have you here." The crowd erupted ...

He’s been accused of failing to properly investigate over 400 sex crimes. He’s been investigated for abuse of power. He’s bragged that it cost more to feed dogs than it did to feed his inmates. He even orchestrated a fake assassination plot on himself in order to help get reelected in 1999, framing an innocent man who wound up spending four years in jail before he was exonerated. The list goes on.

Arpaio’s tenure as sheriff came to an end in 2016, when he lost reelection two weeks after being charged for contempt of court for refusing to comply with an injunction barring him from racial profiling. He was convicted in July of 2017, and pardoned by President Trump a month later ...

Considering Arpaio hasn’t committed any crimes since Trump pardoned him last year, the former sheriff is practically a saint in the eyes of the White House ...

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/mike-pence-joe-arpaio-w519759

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:21 PM

4. he called joe arpaio a 'champion of the rule of law' fuck mike pence

he's a politician and nothing more.

sell his soul to win one more election.

as i said, fuck mike pence.

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Response to spanone (Reply #4)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:03 PM

7. arpaio IS a champion of WHITE law. rule of law not so much.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:23 PM

5. A Phony Murder Plot Against Arpaio Cost Taxpayers $1.1 Million

OCTOBER 28, 2008 | 4:05PM
By John Dickerson

... In 2004, victim James Saville’s family sued Arpaio for $10 million, after Saville was found not guilty of attempting to kill the sheriff. The county recently settled with Saville for an undisclosed amount. It only had to pay the above amount out of public coffers; its insurance policy covered the rest ...

In 1999, Arpaio's staff rigged the entire fake assassination plot – just so he could get his mug on TV ...

In 2004, a jury found Saville innocent of all charges. Not only that, but it ruled that Arpaio’s minions helped buy the bomb parts themselves and “entrapped” Saville in a TV-ready murder plot ...

“Jurors listened in disbelief as testimony showed it was the sheriff’s money that purchased the bomb parts, and an undercover officer who drove Saville around to buy the parts,” Bommersbach wrote ...

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/a-phony-murder-plot-against-joe-arpaio-winds-up-costing-taxpayers-11-million-6629798

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:30 PM

6. Why does the journalist make up some term sense of morality..blah, blah, blah....

when you can just say Hypocrisy.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 10:24 PM

8. He's the smarmiest human being I've ever encountered

 

and makes my skin crawl.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 11:31 PM

9. Pence has got some mighty ugly skeletons in his closet or he wouldn't be Vice President.

The Republican party, especially at the top, is held together by dirty secrets. They don't trust anyone who hasn't been spanked by a porn star, molested teenagers, tortured animals, laundered money for mobsters, burned down buildings for the insurance...

I think Pence is creepy.

He's certainly a hypocrite.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 11:49 PM

10. His moral compass is the Jack Sparrow model: it points toward

whatever you want at the moment...

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2018, 01:02 AM

11. Pence never was a person of actual morality, and instead is a hypocrisy hugging

right-winger. Which is typical of all religious right-wingers.

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