Paul Ryan has come out against President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
A Ryan spokesman said, “The Speaker does not agree with this decision. Law enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”
Really? He didn’t object much when Obama pardoned Chelsea Manning. He didn’t speak up much about Eric Holder as Attorney General after he advised Bill Clinton to pardon the notorious Marc Rich. The Speaker of the Swamp (a name for him that’s gaining traction) hasn’t said much about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani she allowed access to congressional files either, but Trump is fair game.
Who’s side is he on?
Perhaps it is because of the deep resentment he has towards Trump. After all, Ryan and Romney failed to win the presidency when they had a chance. Perhaps he wants leverage for passing bills. Perhaps he likes pleasing the lobbyists and benefiting from them.
Then there’s this about the Arpaio pardon that Ryan must realize. Trump is showing DC that he has the right to pardon anyone. That means that whatever Mueller manages to scrape up and paste together in this ridiculous Russia investigation, Trump can overturn by pardoning. It also signals to people like Paul Manafort that they do not have to fear coercion by Mueller and the FBI because he will stand by them. I don’t believe there are any valid reasons to indict anyone in this stupid made up madness, but if they succeed in finding scapegoats, as Patrick Fitzgerald did in the equally stupid Valerie Plame business, they will be safe.
Besides, Arpaio is 85. He has upheld the law. He was unjustly targeted by Obama because he stood in the way of illegals entering and voting in this country. He should not be put in the same category as illegal criminals, rapists and drug pushers.
By doing this, Ryan is also courting the media and hoping they do not come after him. That’s a stupid assessment because you can never appease the rabid reporters of CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, New York Times, et al.
He’s not caring about his constituents, but himself. Even if we keep the House after the 2018 elections, I hope he will lose his speakership. It’s past time to go.