It should go without saying that no one really likes the fact that Donald Trump is president. Since he’s become president, the entire country has descended into madness and hatred. Countries facing times of turmoil is nothing new, but having a leader supporting all the chaos is. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and https://michael-lacey.com/
Everyone knew bad things would happen when Trump won, but no one could’ve predicted how bad it’s been. Every day, something terrible happens that Trump openly supports. Even natural disasters seem to make him smile unless something bad happens to white people. The only time he seems horrified is when something bad happens to white people.
With all of that being said, one of his states is Arizona. Arizona is notorious for its hatred all things not white. Most popular is their hatred of Latinos. Despite having a huge population of Latinos, the local government seems to love abusing them all. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter
One of the most abusive men to ever serve in Arizona was Sheriff Joe Arpaio. No longer the sheriff, Arpaio was eventually convicted of criminal contempt. He reigned over Maricopa County for years before Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin stood against him. They own Phoenix New Times, the newspaper that exposed all of his dirty activities.
Being sheriff, Arpaio got used to abusing his power to silence critics. When New Times started investigating him, needless to say, he didn’t like it. He tried everything in his power to shut the paper down, but Lacey and Larkin never caved.
Even when he had them arrested and ‘interrogated’, they stayed strong. After everyone else found out about their arrests, they were set free and Arpaio lost his job. He used that job to foster anti-Mexican fear-mongering throughout his career. Now, he was powerless and subject to complete humiliation.
After Larkin and Lacey set up the Frontera Fund to support local migrant-rights groups, they thought it was over. Arpaio was charged with and convicted of criminal contempt and was about to be sentenced to many years in prison. Just before his sentencing, President Trump pardoned him of all crimes.
All the hard work Larkin and Lacey put in meant nothing. The most racist man in the state of Arizona was set free. He wasn’t sheriff anymore but that’s not the point. He was supposed to serve time behind bars, not hang out in bars.