To the people of Arabasta he was a hero. They even went as far as to call him the diety of Arabasta. Alright so he underhandedly decided to stage a coup. Well hell it happens all the time in real life and not just with countries. He would have been a fine leader. He had under him alot ALOOOOT of powerful followers. Sure he's a sneaky deceptive manipulative bastard. Oh yeah we've defiently havent had any presidents like that in the USA....Even friggen Cobra is grateful of Croc,
He's a dictor, so what. Not all of them are evil.
Pretty much this is what i infer:
VIVI: OMG MY DADDY IS GONNA BE OVERTHROWN! i must stop evil evil crocodile!
VIVI: Hi random pirates help me defeat this EVIL EVIL MAN
Luffy: OK! *ass kickery*
Dicuss further. Be intelligent about it. Get as political as you want too.