Actor, Trump critic, and prolific tweeter Ron Perlman fired off an epic response to Trump’s ill-advised pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his bungled response to the slew of recent white supremacy rallies, adding to what’s become a massive backlash to the embattled President.
The pardon of Joe. The defense of Nazis. Why is no one calling this what it is, a declaration of war with every WWII Vet who bled and died.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) August 26, 2017
Perlman is best known for his roles as both Hellboy in the movie adaptions of the comic book of the same name, and Clay Morrow in the hit TV series Sons of Anarchy. Since the outset of Trump’s presidential campaign, Perlman stepped into his new role as a Trump troll and overall agitator of intolerant right wingers on Twitter.
Trump has come under heavy fire for his response to the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a neo-Nazi plowed his car into a group of counterprotestors. Trump, for his part, blamed the violence on “both sides,” effectively equating the white supremacists with those who showed up to oppose them.
Yesterday, while America was distracted by a Category 4 hurricane that ravaged Texas, Trump pardoned the controversial Arizona sheriff. Arpaio, who has been a vocal proponent of Trump’s campaign since its outset, was awaiting his October 5th sentencing after his refusal to curb his hard-line immigration tactics landed him a jail sentence. The move incensed civil rights groups who have accused the former Sheriff of violating the Constitution.
As his approval ratings continue to plummet, Trump may be pandering to what little supporters he has left. But he is alienating everyone else in the process.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.