In The Age Of Trump, Sheriff’s Are Emboldened To Be Tough On Criminals

Only in Liberal World would getting tough on crime and criminals be considered controversial

Emboldened by Trump, sheriffs are mimicking his rhetoric and putting some residents on edge

With his red “Make America Great” hat now prominently displayed in his office here in Titusville, Ivey is part of a wave of county sheriffs who feel emboldened by President Trump and his agenda, becoming vocal foot soldiers in the nation’s testy political and culture wars.

From deep-blue states such as Massachusetts and New York to traditionally conservative strongholds in the South and the Midwest, locally elected sheriffs have emerged as some of the president’s biggest defenders. They echo Trump’s narrative on everything from serious policy debates such as immigration to fleeting political dust-ups with NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

With Trump dominating the national conversation through tweets, sheriffs are mimicking his antagonistic political style, alarming progressives and some legal observers who fear an increasingly undisciplined justice system. Some have even gone to battle with Democratic officials, bucking their “politically correct” policies and using rhetoric that puts some residents on edge.

Those residents would be illegal aliens and criminals

“Members of law enforcement and sheriffs seem to be more comfortable articulating controversial, pro-incarceration views than in recent years,” said Daniel Medwed, a law and criminal justice professor at Northeastern University in Boston. “When you have a president who feels comfortable saying things that people would not have said in previous regimes, it emboldens other people to say those things.”

Over the past nine months, various elected sheriffs have been filmed saying that they would call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on undocumented residents, have threatened to bar sex offenders from hurricane shelters, and have proposed sending inmates to help build Trump’s planned Mexican border wall.

And? I’m not seeing the problem here, but, I’m not pro-criminal.

But legal analysts and other observers are surprised that the breadth and political clout of conservative sheriffs appear to be growing stronger, reflecting the coarsening of debate in the United States.

Goodness, law enforcement officials wanting to enforce the law? To get tough on crime and criminals? To make punishment painful? How terrible!!!!!1!!!!

What the article is even more upset with is that so many Sheriff’s are Trump supporters and Republican voters. And that they want to actually enforce Constitutional provisions, rather than squishy, extra-Constitutional laws emanating from Washington.

Of course, there are still some Democratic Party Sheriff’s in the Dem big cities. And look what’s happening with their crime rates.

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19 Responses to “In The Age Of Trump, Sheriff’s Are Emboldened To Be Tough On Criminals”

  1. Jeffery says:

    If the sheriffs cannot abide by the local laws they should step down or be removed. It’s how a democracy works. The sheriffs do not make the laws.

    What’s with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office photo?? Look like masked terrorists. Why are our police officers masked?

    • McGehee says:

      Counties are creations of the states, which are bound by the United States Constitution to uphold the law of the land — under which illegally entering and/or remaining in this country are, in fact, crimes.

      If elected county commissioners cannot abide by state and federal laws they should step down or be removed. It’s how the Rule of Law works.

      • Jeffery says:

        Are the states and their workers obliged to spend their money and resources on federal functions?

        • drowningpuppies says:

          While gleefully accepting federal grants with no apparent strings, state governors were disregarding which fundamental axion of politics?

          a. there’s no such thing as a free lunch

  2. gitarcarver says:

    If the sheriffs cannot abide by the local laws they should step down or be removed. It’s how a democracy works. The sheriffs do not make the laws.

    Yet you would support sheriffs that don’t hold illegal aliens when asked by Federal authorities.

    At some point in time, you have to recognize your own hypocrisy.

    • Jeffery says:

      At some point in time, you have to recognize your own hypocrisy.

      We will when you will.

      Don’t states and localities have the rights to set their laws? What right does a local sheriff have to violate local and state laws to support their personal political belief?

      • McGehee says:

        I’ll keep saying this until you get it:

        Counties are creations of the states, which are bound by the United States Constitution to uphold the law of the land — under which illegally entering and/or remaining in this country are, in fact, crimes.

        If elected county commissioners cannot abide by state and federal laws they should step down or be removed. It’s how the Rule of Law works.

  3. Deserttrek says:

    masks? no, don’t want to show your face then don’t be in the picture
    NO cops of any type in the United States of America should wear be allowed to wear a mask for the purpose of hiding their identity while engaging in official duty
    protection from tear gas etc, yes, hiding their faces is what thugs do in russia and other countries. this is not mexico where cartel members kill everybody
    antifa punks wear masks too

    law enforcement is not needed, good policing is

    WTF

  4. gitarcarver says:

    We will when you will.

    BWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Yeah. Sure you will.

    Don’t states and localities have the rights to set their laws?

    Depends on the circumstances, doesn’t it?

    What right does a local sheriff have to violate local and state laws to support their personal political belief?

    When those laws passed violate the Federal Constitution and the State’s Constitution.

    Or do you think that politicians have the right to pass laws that violate those documents and their oath to those documents?

  5. Jeffery says:

    It’s a delight seeing Con Men tripping over themselves to deny “states rights” which until tRumpeze was the conservative mantra. Go on…

    The courts decide if a local law is Constitutional, not a local sheriff. Sheriffs should enforce the laws not interpret them, right? Sure, sure Joe Ar-piehole got away with being criminal sheriff for years, and tRump pardoned him. But we really can’t have a society of masked policemen disobeying local laws and obeying a president.

    • gitarcarver says:

      It’s a delight seeing Con Men tripping over themselves to deny “states rights” which until tRumpeze was the conservative mantra. Go on…

      What conservatives believe is that the Constitution is a limiting document that allows the Federal government certain powers and leaves the rest to the states and people. When local and state governments try to usurp the legal authority of the Federal government, that’s a problem.

      The courts decide if a local law is Constitutional, not a local sheriff.

      No one has said otherwise. But the sheriff has to follow the laws and the Constitution(s). LEO’s interpret actions within the Constitution or outside of the Constitution every day.

      But we really can’t have a society of masked policemen disobeying local laws and obeying a president.

      And we can’t have legislatures going against the Constitution.

      It is so funny watching liberals scream that the laws don’t apply to them and then demanding that others follow the law.

    • Dana says:

      One of us remembers how the left were all for federal supremacy when it came to immigration law, in the city of Hazleton and Arizona cases.

  6. Jeffery says:

    TEACH:

    Why the picture of masked police? Yikes.

    Were you being ironic or is your objective to terrorize your enemy?

    • gitarcarver says:

      Apparently Jeffery doesn’t understand the concept of undercover police officers and wants to put those cops and their families in jeopardy from gangs and other criminals.

      Just another case of a leftist supporting criminals.

      • Jeffery says:

        Ahem. Then why take their picture at all??

        Anyway, their uniforms might give them away. BwaHaHa…

        Did TEACH start rewarding you again for being his defender? Welcome back, anyway.

        • gitarcarver says:

          Ahem. Then why take their picture at all??

          Because units – even units with undercover officers – do have their pictures taken.

          So Once again, why are you supporting criminals and their attacks on police officers?

      • Jeffery says:

        Let’s give TEACH the benefit of the doubt and assume the pic was photoshopped and included in the WaPo article.

      • Deserttrek says:

        bs, they do not have to have their pictures taken. They look like antifa punks

        yes protect them and their families

        In the United States of America NO citizen should ever be arrested or raided by masked people. We have a Constitution, and the majority of this us versus them law enforcement mentality is due to the war on drugs which has claimed too many freedoms and turned the police in many cases into thieves and murderers. The wrong doors have been kicked down too many times, flash bang grenades used against non threats, and no sane human being can defend civil asset forfeiture. And why do some many COWARD cops like shooting dogs?

        yes little jeffery is a liberal fool, the Constitution and sanity are more important than politics or support for law enforcement. support good policing, that is what is needed

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