You may remember Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey from a number of years ago. These two journalists were the subject of a national news breaking story. They were the two journalists who were arrested in the middle of the night by officers sent by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
He had them arrested because they were writing stories about him that did not paint him in a good light. You see, these two journalists were not afraid to report on the horrible way Sheriff Joe Arpaio was abusing his power and discriminating against inmates and immigrants.
However, after they were arrested, other media publications started reporting on what he did. They also reported on all of his past scandals and atrocities. It became a national news story.
Soon, he had to release them. They filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his abuse of power and their illegal arrest. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey won the lawsuit. They settled for over three and a half million dollars.
How does this tie in with President Trump? Well, you see, after the lawsuit, Sheriff Joe Arpaio went through some hard times in his career, although he definitely deserved it. People saw him for who he really is and they did not reelect him to the role of Sheriff in his community.
Next, he was cited for contempt of court for his actions during a lawsuit against him. However, because of his experience with right wing politicians, he was able to get access to the ear of President Donald Trump.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio endorsed President Trump early on when others still thought that his presidential bid was a joke and that it would never succeed. He did this because he made some good calculations about what would happen to him if President Trump would win.
In fact, Trump liked that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was kissing up to him, and he mentioned that he might pardon him. When he became President, he actually did pardon him. Why did he do it, however? What was the real motive behind it?
Michael Lacey, who as you recall is one of the journalists who was arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, thinks that the reason that Donald Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio was that he was trying to pander to his base of nationalists and right wing activists who believe that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a hero for the way he was discriminating against immigrants.
That is what Trump has been doing his entire political career. He will pander to right wing activists and nationalists so that he can get their votes. It does not matter what he does and says. He does not care how wrong it may be.
Anyway, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey realized the dire straits that immigrants under Sheriff Joe Arpaio were in. They were suffering, so they used the money they got from the lawsuit to start the Frontera Fund to help them out.