Trevor Noah takes on Trump’s pardon of “the worst sheriff in America”

The Each day Present With Trevor Noah (Screenshot: Comedy Central)

With the remainder of the opposite late-night hosts taking the week off, it was as much as Trevor Noah to sum up one other week within the ongoing embarrassing nationwide nightmare that may be a Donald Trump presidency. (Kind of like going to high school unprepared for a take a look at, plus you’re bare. Oh, and also you’re a half-witted bigot actuality present huckster who betrayed your nation to counterpoint your self and your ludicrous household. Like that.) On Monday’s Each day Present, Noah opened up with a heartfelt plea for viewers to donate (money, with ideas and prayers tied for a distant second) to these affected by Hurricane Harvey. (Right here’s a useful record of organizations.) After that, nonetheless, Noah moved on to “the opposite storm that’s battering the entire nation,” particularly Donald Trump. Particularly Trump’s latest pardon of disgraced former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, a person, as Noah lays out, whose final downfall got here much less from being “anti-illegal immigrant” (as Arpaio claimed) and extra from his lengthy historical past of “anti-being an honest human being.”

Noah defined the assorted ways in which Arpaio embodied basically each cliché of the bigoted lawman ruling his personal, remoted hate-fiefdom. From his infamous detention “tent metropolis” (which Arpaio is proven proudly referring to as his personal “focus camp”), to the shockingly excessive variety of unexplained deaths of individuals in his custody, to his notorious coverage of creating pregnant ladies give delivery in shackles, and that point one among his guards broke a disabled prisoner’s neck for daring to ask for a catheter, all Noah’s totally documented fees in opposition to Arpaio have been damning sufficient. And that’s not even entering into the truth that, in his time as Maricopa County sheriff, Arpaio’s abuses of energy (and other people) value Arizona taxpayers over $142 million in authorized prices and settlements in civil rights and discrimination instances.

Nope, Noah explains that Arpaio was dealing with jail time himself (though most probably not in a flimsy desert tent gulag with temperatures within the triple digits) for violating a federal court docket’s order that he and his minions cease racially profiling Arizona drivers who occurred to look Latinx. By principally daring the courts to jail him for being a racist prick, Noah says, Arpaio was brazenly defying the Judicial Department’s try and get him to cease violating Individuals’ civil rights in keeping with his personal racist prick-ishness. And, As Noah goes on, Trump’s determination to pardon Arpaio makes it clear that Donald Trump is intentionally undermining that Judicial Department’s authority, not solely to stay up for his pal Joe (an early supporter of each the racist “birther” bullshit and Trump’s candidacy), however to put the groundwork for equally giving a “Get Out Of Jail Free For Being An Un-American Scumbag” card to all these implicated within the quickly escalating Trump-Russia investigation. Or possibly he did it only for the scores.

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