We likely haven’t seen the end of Sheriff Joe Arpaio thanks to the Trump White House

“Controversial figure and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his bid for reelection in one of the more positive aspects of Election 2016. But while many were expecting to never hear from the outspoken Arpaio ever again — at least not in an official sense — but that now might not be the case. Instead of riding off into the sunset, now Arpaio might find sanctuary in the Trump administration and it might be in a very powerful position according to ABC News,” according to Uproxx.com

“Trump’s transition team is being headed up by Christie, and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been deeply involved in that, along with many other aspects of the campaign.

“ABC News reporting and analysis points to businessman Carl Icahn or the Trump campaign’s national finance chairman, Steve Mnuchin, as possible treasury secretary options.

“Giuliani or Sheriff Joe Arpaio could be the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and Christie has long been seen as a contender for attorney general.

“It might be the first time in a while that anybody would want Rudy Giuliani to take a job, but he is definitely far better than Sheriff Joe. The road blocks here involve the pending litigation against him for his time as sheriff, with the DOJ charging him with contempt over his immigration patrols.

“But if that falls through, could we see Arpaio leading the charge of Trump’s immigration plans? It’s going to be one of the many things to keep an eye on until Inauguration Day.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

12 thoughts on “We likely haven’t seen the end of Sheriff Joe Arpaio thanks to the Trump White House”

  1. Debrief:

    The numbers are glaring about how the least educated went massively for Trump. He won white voters without a college degrees by a massive 67 per cent, to 28 per cent.

    Folks without college educations have a harder time sifting information. They are also the most likely to rely on passion over reason. This is a sales truism: “knowledge makes you powerful but emotion makes you buy.” They bought Trump for emotional reasons.

    Disingenuous, well-engineered propaganda that inflames emotions works best on sub-sets of populations most lacking in critical thinking skills.

    Propaganda targeted at left-behind uneducated persons is familiar in history. Rage is a good political motivation especially when it can be channeled to divide a population on the bottom rungs of a society against themselves: in this case uneducated whites against the illegals and people of color.

    Uneducated whites messaged using the thinly veiled ‘dog whistles’ of the Alt-Right is the signature of the Trump communications and political strategy.

    My prediction is that this precise core constituency of resentful uneducated white voters will be called upon again and again in the future to be the ‘shield and sword’ for business and cultural interests seeking victory through dividing America. The communications channels will continue to be low-brow right-wing talk radio, Fox news, and DC-based ‘think tanks’ operating as propaganda mills.

  2. As distressed as I am with the results of this election–and as pleased I am with the voters of Arizona for finally waking up to the fascism of Joe Arpiao–I think we need to be careful about perpetuating the “us versus them” mindset and the broad stereotyping of an entire segment of the population that have characterized this election.

    Does that mean that there aren’t uneducated white voters that supported Donald Trump en mass? Or that Trump didn’t instinctively understood how to reach and inflame those voters with his scorched earth propaganda?

    Of course not.

    But we need to remember that many of Trump’s supporters WEREN’T uneducated and WEREN’T easily flummoxed by the kind of simplistic ideals that he espoused…they were simply angry (and frightened…although many would probably disavow that fear) with what they see as a fundamental change in the culture of America. If we ever hope to reunite this painfully divided country, we need to acknowledge this fear and anger, and understand that for huge numbers of our fellow citizens, these changes mean that the America they knew is no longer the America they know. They saw–and see–a Donald Trump presidency as their only hope for a return to what they believe is the right direction for this country.

    My only hope is that they are wrong.

    1. Barry, Best article yet! “The right’s favorite scare word is ‘elitism.’
      •”Republicans use it with connotations of education, geography, ideology, taste, and lifestyle—such that a millionaire investment banker who works for Goldman Sachs, went to Harvard, and reads the New York Times is an elitist but a billionaire CEO who grew up in Houston, went to a state university, and contributes to Republicans, is not.”
      •”If an unelected judge upholds gay marriage, he’s practicing liberal elitism. But if the same unelected judge were to invalidate Obama’s health care legislation, he would be defending the Constitution.”
      I used to get my haircut in Joe the barber in South Pasadena, where I grew up; went to a state university (Cal-Berkeley); believe in God, and have been happily married for over 20 years. Go ahead, call me an elitist! lol.

  3. Trump’s victory, in my opinion, was about economics. People can talk about “uneducated whites” being more susceptible to propaganda all they want but the real issue was fear. These people are scared that they can’t provide for their families. They have seen the factories close, the jobs outsourced and have been forced to take public assistance. The last issue is key. People on the dole, as it were, have long been stigmatized, especially by the right, as “takers, losers, lazy” and many rustbelters have shunned assistance for that reason. When assistance finally becomes the last resort, they shamefully accept. Donald Trump played to that shame. He told them that they were victims of multinational corporations and the neo-liberals (the Clintons) who supported NAFTA, the WTO, and numerous other agreements that sent factories and jobs elsewhere.

    Why the violence and hatred? People are afraid, angry, and feel helpless and are lashing out because of it. It is an American tradition for economically displaced whites to blame immigrants for “taking the jobs” when in reality the jobs they take are usually the jobs the whites won’t take in the first place. Add to that the “fear” factor stirred up by events in the middle east blown way out of proportion and you have the formula for racial tension. The reasoning becomes, “the blacks are lazy takers who would rather smoke crack than work; the Mexicans are taking the jobs; and the middle easterners are going to kill us.”

    Clinton was portrayed as more of the same, rightly so, and Trump was the outsider who promised change. Bernie Sanders played to the same economic disarray without the racism. He would have won hands down, but the corporate powers couldn’t allow him in the race for the same reason they didn’t want Trump. They don’t want change. Things are going quite well for the uber-wealthy as it is.
    The bottom line (based on his rhetoric) is any changes Trump might make are in the wrong direction, especially with climate change. Climate change needs to become the flag around which everyone can rally. It is the elephant in the room. If we are ever to wrest control of our country from the wealthy and restore it to the people, this is the issue and now is the time.

    1. “Bernie Sanders played to the same economic disarray without the racism. He would have won hands down, but the corporate powers couldn’t allow him in the race for the same reason they didn’t want Trump”
      True that Joe- We would be welcoming Bernie into the White House right now. DNC has to be taken back by the people, or Independent Party will be more than an asterisk.

  4. Here is a most interesting opinion piece by Naomi Klein who blames neoliberalism for the plight of the middle class. Being born and raised in Greece, and having followed its demise, I wholeheartedly agree with her.
    Thank you Jeff P for your thoughtful pieces. By the way, The Union is showing its true colors once again today by calling Trump “President Trump” instead of “President Elect Trump.” Then again what else would we expect from The Union…

    PS: Please everyone, read The Guardian. Among the main stream media, it is the exception to the rule.

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