Timing of Arpaio Pardon Was For Ratings, Says Trump

by Lauren Wynn

During his joint press conference with Finland’s President, President Trump was asked about his pardon of Joe Arpaio and, specifically, why he announced it during the ongoing crisis in Houston. His answer began with one of his favorite words: ratings. That’s right, folks. The President of the United States says that the storm wasn’t that bad yet and he figured by announcing it on Friday night, it would get good ratings.

His next line of defense was that the people at his rally really liked Sherrif Joe and responded with tremendous applause when he asked about him.

He went on to list “bad” pardons that were handed down by previous presidents, in an epic demonstration of Whataboutism.

There you have it, America. That’s how the leader of the Free World makes his decisions: ratings, applause lines, and “but so-and-so did something worse.” Brilliant. What could possibly go wrong?

Former grassroots state lead for Evan McMullin's 2016 Presidential campaign, Wynn, now a resident of Washington, DC, is an avid student of government and politics, and a freelance writer and blogger. Contributor to @eatprayvote

One comment

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a president say the word “ratings” before. Never. Sheesh, he’s still thinking it’s just a popularity contest! Oh heavens, and he’s coming back to Texas now? Great…

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