Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff, was convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt of court in July 2017 because he defied a court order to stop illegally detaining people he suspected of being undocumented immigrants based on their race. Trump pardoned him one month later.
Don Blankenship, the former head of the coal mining company Massey Energy, served one year in prison on a misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to evade safety laws after the deaths of 29 miners at his Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010.
Former Representative Michael Grimm, who is also a former FBI agent, pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion in 2014.
Representative Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for body-slamming a reporter days before winning a 2017 special election in his state.
Besides the four of them being criminals, they share something else in common besides also being Republicans.
All four are running for congressional seats in DC.
Three of them claim that their convictions are proof that they were persecuted by the Obama administration for their political beliefs.
Arpaio says his conviction was a “political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department”, Blankenship calls himself a “political prisoner” of the Obama administration, and Grimm claims that he had “the entire Obama Justice Department weaponized against” him.
The three are playing the victim card by saying they have been persecuted by the liberal establishment, and hope any residual animosity toward the Black President will work in their favor.
So while the party of Jesus turned away from Him and went big time for an irreligious man who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy, and promoted racism to get votes, it will be interesting to see if the Republican party chooses to endorse and elect four people who obviously do not go along with the party of law and order claim.