I don’t think Trump will pardon Arpaio. There’s too much for Trump to lose politically on it and Trump only gives a shit about himself. But it would give credence to the Inverse Trump Square Law if he does. With his head swelling from the pundits calling him Presidential last night, this would be the perfect example of him going immediately off the rails:
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump is returning to the place where, in some ways, it all began for him: Phoenix, Arizona, where he held his first multi-thousand-person rally in July 2015.
This time, he won’t have (now-former) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio by his side — Arpaio has said he hasn’t been invited to Tuesday’s rally. But Arpaio’s shadow still looms large over the rally. After all, President Trump has floated the possibility that he might soon bestow his first presidential pardon upon Arpaio, absolving him of the criminal contempt-of-court conviction he got last month for continuing to engage in aggressive immigration enforcement in defiance of a 2011 court order.
Pardoning Arpaio, who hasn’t even been sentenced yet, would be an unusual move, to say the least. But it would make a tremendous amount of sense for Trump. Not only would the president be doing a favor for an early endorser, who helped validate Trump among the immigration hardliners who have since become a large share of his base; it would send a powerful message to sheriffs around the country who are worried that cooperating with federal immigration authorities could get them into trouble with the courts as well.
The Inverse Trump Square Law states that every victory for Trump is inversely proportional to the clusterfuck of bad decisions that he does immediately afterwards.
Last time he had a “victory” was when he got the repeal debate vote passed. Immediately following that he tweeted a call for a transgender ban in the military, gave a speech to the Boy Scouts which was so bad that they actually had to apologize for it, he fired his chief of staff, his director of communications went on a rant with a New Yorker reporter and was fired within the next few days and McCain torpedoed the repeal bill.
Last night, Trump gave a speech and the pundits immediately declared it a victory for Trump:
POTUS gave his best speech as POTUS. He's given extremely few of these types of speeches. And he has a campaign rally tomorrow. Soooo…
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 22, 2017
Tonight is a new President Trump: Acknowledging a flip-flop and talking about gravity of office, history & substance.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) August 22, 2017
Oh boy. Let’s see what’s on Trump’s schedule. Oh, a rally in Arizona. What could go wrong?
LOL. Oh, the Onion just never stops being hysterical. Oh, wait, this is real. Satire is dead.
The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.
— Daily Ingersoll (@IngersollDaily) August 22, 2017
We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013
Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2013
We continue to lose our nation’s finest in Afghanistan almost daily. The Rules of Engagement are costing lives.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2013
Our gov't is so pathetic that some of the billions being wasted in Afghanistan are ending up with terrorists http://t.co/bso3k1pR7l
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2013
84% of US troops wounded & 70% of our brave men & women killed in Afghanistan have all come under Obama. Time to get out of there.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2012
Five U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan by so-called friendly fire. What are we doing?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2014
We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013
Do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024-with all costs by U.S.A. MAKE AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013
Now Obama is keeping our soldiers in Afghanistan for at least another year. He is losing two wars simultaneously.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2014
Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2012
Instead of watching President Shit for Brains read words off of a teleprompter, hence allowing him his moment where he finally becomes President of the United States, I caught up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones. I have some questions but there will be spoilers so scroll past this if you haven’t watched it yet. One more time:
What the fuck was that about? This zombienapping plan was so bad that I’m assuming that Daenerys’s new slogan is “Make Westeros Great Again.” I am bad at watching tv shows because I have a tendency to surf the web during it so sometimes I miss the finer points. But was Tyrion’s plan basically:
- Capture zombie and bring it to Cersei
Even in the best possible scenario of this going down without a hitch, it’s not like Cersei has ever acted rational. What is the best case outcome? Is sending the King of the North out on some suicide mission the best use of your resources? And even if they did decide it was worth the gamble, shouldn’t you have your air support a bit closer to the action. In fact, why not just ride a dragon beyond the wall, swoop down and capture a damn wight like it was a goat. At the very least bring an emergency raven along with you to save Gedry a marathon.
This plan was so half-baked that they are lucky they weren’t all wiped out by that bear attack. We won’t even get into the distances covered, how long it took for Gedry to make it to the wall then to send out the ravens then for the dragons to come to the rescue. Well, kind of.
Everything just felt really clunky. Dany’s dragons are too powerful and they needed a way to balance the playing field a bit which is understandable. But did they need the Rube Goldberg machine to accomplish it?