Lacey and Larkin’s Problem with President Trump

It’s not a secret that no one likes President Donald Trump. Even his own people called him a moron at one point or another. In particular, he’s too corrupt for most people to try to understand. It’d be different if he was trying to do the right thing. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/

Unfortunately, the current President doesn’t seem to care about doing the right thing. He’s more focused on returning favors and paying people back for supporting him. He’s not even helping the people who voted for him. He’s just helping his millionaire, billionaire, and corrupt buddies. One of those corrupt buddies is former sheriff Joe Arpaio.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Joe Arpaio went down in history as the worst American sheriff to ever serve. He was sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years. From day one, he targeted and persecuted Latinos on a regular basis.

His abuse of power went far beyond some shady activities. At the height of his brutality, he opened Tent City. It was supposedly his answer to overcrowded jails. In reality, it was a concentration camp where he treated every inmate like slaves and torture subjects. He’d still be reining terror on people if it weren’t for the dedicated investigative reporting of Phoenix New Times.

At the time, Phoenix New Times was owned by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They started the paper shortly after dropping out of college in the early 70s. New Times was their response to the ultra-conservative viewpoint of the local media.

After gaining prowess in the Phoenix area, they expanded nationally. They started by purchasing other like-minded papers in other states. Before long, they’d co-founded Village Voice Media. While building their news empire, they also battled Joe Arpaio. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

New Times was the only paper that covered Arpaio fairly. They didn’t ignore any of his shady dealings. The deeper they dug, the more atrocities they exposed. Obviously, Arpaio didn’t like the exposure, so he tried to silence to the newspaper like he did all his other critics. Sadly for him, New Times wasn’t such an easy pushover.

Lacey and Larkin eventually brought the corrupt sheriff down. After a lawsuit against Maricopa County awarded them $3.75 million, Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt. Weeks before his sentencing, President Trump pardoned him. Years ago, Arpaio supported Trump’s allegations that Obama wasn’t an American citizen. Trump just returned the favor.

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