President Trump asks NFL players to recommend people for pardons

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President Trump has railed against NFL players who took a knee during the playing of the national anthem as unpatriotic over the last two years while ignoring the stated reasons for the protests but that changed a bit on Friday.

Those reasons center on inequality in the treatment of minorities by law enforcement in the United States and the President said during a press gathering ahead of his trip to the G-7 meeting that players have “seen a lot of abuse, they’ve seen a lot of unfairness” during their lives. He also invited players to make known people they think have been treated unfairly and promised to look into those cases.

“I’m going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system. And I understand that. I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated and I’m gonna take a look at those applications and if I find and my committee finds that they’ve been unfairly treated than we’ll pardon them. Or at least let them out.”

There’s no way to pardon or let out people who are dead after run-ins with law enforcement, of course. Those deaths and the response to those deaths by law enforcement agencies and the justice system are a major part of what spurred the protests in the first place and were not addressed by the President on Friday.

148 responses to “President Trump asks NFL players to recommend people for pardons

  1. Trump is sending an olive branch. Now we get to see if these protests are about with the players say they are, or if they are now what I believe they become, generic anti-Trump protests.

  2. Dude, they are protesting police brutality and injustice and unfairness in the judicial system. The guy extending an olive branch. Give him a little credit.

  3. Kind of a weird way to twist this, isn’t it? The president can’t really do anything about people who have been killed in interactions with police. Those officers have gone through the justice system and have either been declared innocent or guilty of wrongdoing. The president can’t go back and throw an officer in prison who has been declared innocent.

    I am not a fan of Donald Trump. I did not vote for him (or Hillary), but this actually sounds like a reasonable thing for him to offer up. Regular citizens like us aren’t being extended this same opportunity (any requests for clemency that we submit have to go through the justice department and likely would never be looked at by the president). I would say this is nothing to scoff at, and is a decent gesture from a man who doesn’t give decent gestures very often.

  4. briang123 says:
    June 8, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Trump is sending an olive branch. Now we get to see if these protests are about with the players say they are, or if they are now what I believe they become, generic anti-Trump protests.

    Could not have said it better.

  5. “No way, We’re not dealing with Trump man.” “We’re going to wait for the next president in 6 years and ask him.” I have to admit that I’d love to see the list of Felons that these guys want to free. It would be entertaining to see the rap sheets that were 3-4 feet long. What a great cause the NFL players are Championing. What a great bunch of people and what a great organization that supports this kind of trash.

  6. “Treated unfairly?” Like getting shot 50 times by police while holding a cell phone?

  7. the players want the penal system fixed and police brutality to end. this is not what they are asking for. at all. this is a trick. or, you aren’t listening.

  8. Seriously? He thinks that a random pardon will make this go away? The lack of understanding being demonstrated here is mind boggling.

  9. How do you pardon a person who was murdered?
    How do you pardon someone that was beaten?

    This isn’t an olive branch lol. This is him totally, and continually not understanding the point of the protests. And judging by all of the comments on here, neither do most of you.

  10. So Trump is actually trying to help out? This is a fantastic idea, but because Trump is doing it I’m sure the media will try and spin it around somehow.

  11. kevo95 says:
    June 8, 2018 at 9:22 am
    Stay out of the NFL ,do you job
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    So now you are mad at the guy for trying to listen to the players concerns? Serious? Is this serious?

  12. No matter what Trump does and says he will continue to make his detractors look like fools, I mean, just look at these comments for example!

  13. A gesture the players should take up. Not because it’ll solve any grievance, because it completely ignores the main issue of their protest, but because it can hopefully lead to a serious and ongoing dialogue about proper accountability and much needed training reform when it comes to policing communities. That in-turn can also hopefully lead to other discussions, and just maybe solutions, about contributing factors that feed into these problems on both sides of the issue.

    If both parties approach this honestly, maybe all this nonsense about anti-this or unpatriotic-that can give way to some sort of understanding and common ground that everyone seems so reluctant to find.

  14. Nice gesture by Trump. Too bad the players don’t have any names, however, because the protests are at least partially directed at Trump. For those who think this is only about police brutality, you’re naive. For Colin Kaepernick it’s about him and only him.

  15. Ok guys – If there is an issue with Police that needs to go through the city mayor or state governor. trump doesnt have anything to do with local police. Now what is your prob with the POTUS?

  16. “There’s no way to pardon or let out people who are dead after run-ins with law enforcement, of course. Those deaths and the response to those deaths by law enforcement agencies and the justice system are a major part of what spurred the protests in the first place and were not addressed by the President on Friday.”

    And therein lies the biggest fiction of tis whole “movement.” Minorities are not killed by police at greater rates than whites. It’s simply not true. What we have is multiple anecdotes of isolated situations, distorted by the media, and often captured partially on video.

  17. Great, whatever. The players dont have a clue of persons per say, they were protesting as an society in general.
    Now they will just make lists of family members and friends. This is ridiculous. Olive branch hell, nothing but a jar of olives.

  18. It’s not really surprising that Trump would do this, it sets a ‘pardons for everyone’ precedent that is convenient for getting his campaign people to keep their lips zipped.

    However, at the same time, since he’s going to pardon as many people as he can to set that precedent, players might as well take advantage of the opportunity to supply their input.

    Of course….it will be interesting to see how he can accommodate those that are already dead from unnecessary force.

  19. I will gladly eat crow if Trump is serious about this. This is right up Malcolm Jenkins’ alley. I’m sure he’ll offer up some names pretty easily.

  20. Some say this isn’t the core of what the players have issues with. Fine. Why not meet Trump to discuss specifics? Instead, they want to call him racist and refuse to see him.

  21. Hilarious, he knows their annual 34 minutes of “social injustice” protesting is a farce.

    This will now require “just a tad” more effort. Kneeling is easy, actually doing the work to justify what your protesting is hard work. Your move kneelers…

  22. Trump thrives on praise and people being in his debt – He thinks that equals respect and loyalty. Doing it with pardons he discovered is a great way to get both – and it costs him nothing. This isnt complicated. He’s a rather simple man.

  23. Uh, this is a good offer. His opponents, especially the rabid hater contingent, need to put their stuff aside and jump on it. If he does not follow through they can go right back to bashing him and they will gave some additional ammo. And if he does come through they have a chance here to right some of the wrongs they were concerned about.

    Frankly this is a win/win for the player’s cause regardless which way it goes.

  24. Why would the president suddenly ADMIT that the protests have an actual meaning other than protesting the national anthem…clearly he overplayed his hand with cancelling the Eagles visit to the White House and is trying to clean it up. Hopefully this message gets to the 40% of the country (and dropping)that supports him…

  25. “I’m going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system.”
    ***************
    We have to fix this inequity problem on the frontend.It’s absurd to think pardoning cann solve such an interwoven American problem. Stop executing us and draconian arrest & sentencing, then we can talk. Until then, Trump is just showboating to display his FAKE EVENHANDEDNESS.

  26. Pardoning dead people does nothing, but let’s see what happens with people who are actually incarcerated right now. So many people doing long sentences for non-violent crimes and it’s insane.

  27. Another episode of Trump mischaracterizing the purpose of the protests. The players aren’t championing the wholesale release of convicted felons; rather, they are protesting police brutality and systemic mistreatment of minorities. Trump’s comments vaguely implicating one narrow aspect of the latter show he either does not or will not understand the protests. And in an Internet-based world where its more important to be loud or popular than true or accurate, this is sure to muddy the player protest waters even more.

  28. I guess this could be a good thing but I can’t remember anything Trump has done something just for the sake of doing good. This feels like a campaign commercial he’s already started filming. But whatever, my sideline cynicism feels a little cheap here. I do hope some people’s lives get turned around for the better because of this.

  29. ok Mr Pres, pardon all non violent drug offenders, go past that and extort change at state level and withhold something to get them to do the same.

  30. Oddly enough, if you believe even an ounce of this, the biggest critic of the anthem protests has just gone a long way to proving just effective they were.

  31. So this isn’t about the flag now? I thought the protesters were against the flag. Now it’s about injustice when it fits his narrative. Make up your mind!!! I guess all that posturing about the flag is over? Man he is awesome. Till the flag thing helps HIM move his base again.

  32. Recently Malcolm Jenkins tried a mode of protest outside the anthem. He made a direct challenge to Trump for not hearing him on his concerns. He did not ‘protest at work’ he used time that had been allotted to him to speak to the press, which I think can be fairly considered ‘his own time’. And it would appear that without any anthem or protesting at work or whatever eclipsing his message it got immediately heard.

  33. Dude is gonna pardon Muhammed Ali, who was totally exonerated by the Supreme Court in 1973? Really? This is the method of a Carnival Barker. So he’s got idiots running around saying he’s offering an olive branch. Even that term means he views these citizens as adversaries & not real Americans.

    You can’t give a pardon to a man who was NOT GUILTY & YOU CAN’T PARDON YOURSELF OUT OF A BIASED SYSTEM.

  34. I believe that President Trump is sincere in wanting to correct wrongs that have been done to people. In fact he is currently the subject of a campaign against him by a corrupt political system—he can relate.

  35. HEADLINE: President Trump concedes! The players were right. There is no other way to look at this. Notice: the flag & anthem are not cited as issues. What a con man.

  36. briang123 says:
    June 8, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Trump is sending an olive branch. Now we get to see if these protests are about with the players say they are, or if they are now what I believe they become, generic anti-Trump protests.

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    If you’ve noticed, the players, the union and the NFL put together a committee and have already donated large amounts of money to social justice causes. It wasn’t just words, you just haven’t been paying attention.

  37. wafflestomp says:
    June 8, 2018 at 10:00 am
    Oddly enough, if you believe even an ounce of this, the biggest critic of the anthem protests has just gone a long way to proving just effective they were.

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    I don’t know about that. The cooincidence of this happening so immediately following a player trying a medium of protesting that was outside the anthem protests would indicate that the anthem protests were indeed totally ineffective and in fact the biggest thing gettng in the way of their message. A guy tries protesting outside the anthem and gets an immediate result that a couple years of anthem protesting failed to produce.

  38. I just don’t understand why people who break the law can complain about being treated unfairly.

  39. FYI for those who may not know. Muhammad Ali doesn’t need a pardon. His conviction was overturned unanimously by the Supreme Court and he was also covered by Jimmy Carter’s blanket amnesty grant in 1977.

  40. A poll shows most Americans side with the protesting players. The politician abruptly changes his tune. Very transparent.

  41. The players should take advantage of this.

    But it’s so weird how we have this “celebrity government” crap now. Who gets pardoned? Either celebrities or people recommended by celebrities, as opposed to, you know, people recommended by experts.

  42. If Trump were smart he would offer a one-time commutation for the sentences of all people currently incarcerated for simple possession of drugs or drug use. These people do not belong in prison anyway and it would help them out as well as save the country money and resources better used against real criminals.

  43. For those that are against what Trump is doing on this issue, I would like to hear your suggestion on what he should do? I would agree that he should have never said anything in the 1st place or at least not made such a big deal about it, but going forward what should he do?

  44. You can’t change the past but you can try to change the future. I can’t for the life of me imagine why anyone would criticize the President because people died from inequality, except some will criticize the President no matter what he does or tries to do including if he personally developed a cure for cancer. The President has been pretty sincere in just about everything he has promised to do, whether you agreed with him or not. Now the ball is in the spoiled brat players court. Let’s see if any of them are man enough to put past differences aside and work with the President to try to right wrongs. You have to start somewhere.

  45. Presidents regularly pardon hundreds or even thousands of people. Also, politicians accept lobbying from people (including celebrities) all the time. This isn’t anything unusual, except for the fact that it has a spotlight on it.

  46. The players should insist that he not pardon himself or anyone belonging to his campaign.

  47. This is a marrage so his critics will back off & his supporters to act like he’s extending some olive branch. It’s funny how his supporters slurp up every last word of his like it’s gold, if he would have said ‘screw the nfl players friends & family in jail, that’s where those SOBs deserve to be’, his supporters would be like ‘yeah!! F them!’ but since he’s going down another road, his people are all the sudden seeing him as some noble gentleman. Give me a break. Try to think for yourselves for a change. Is this really going to change anything or precipitate any sort of change? No. He’s just trying to shut people up.

  48. How does pardoning people who have been convicted of crimes address the real issue of police brutality? Letting a very few people out of jail that MAY have been wrongly convicted doesn’t address the issue at all. “Olive branch”. Please.

  49. Trump should be a professional poker player, he could have 7/2 off suit every hand and outplay your pocket Ace’s 90% of the time. These dummies have no idea what to do now.

  50. The President can’t pardon someone convicted of a state crime, only a federal one. Convictions at the state level are considered by the local governor, along with whatever procedure the state has in place. Smoke and mirrors once again.

  51. its a manipulative trick.. if you take him up on his offer, you are in his pocket.

    So that if you were to question him the future, he would throw you under the bus.

    not worth it.

  52. Lets start with Ray Lewis. Oh my bad he walked free of this involvement of the Buckhead incident. Well lets look at Ray Carruth, Aaron Hernandez, Sam Hurd, Darren Sharper, Keith Wright, Darryl Henley. etc etc etc.

  53. So now that Trump is willing to listen to the protesters…. its still not good enough, and you’ll whine even louder?

    Typical. You’re playing checkers against a Chess Master and don’t even realize.

    Ain’t no Blue Wave coming this November, and the same people stunned in 2016 will be stunned again.

  54. If the players had problems with the police and system they should have gone after individual police depts and cities. Unfortunately for them, police unions are strong and quite a few of the cities they are complaining about are run by minorities including the police dept.

  55. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 8, 2018 at 9:30 am
    He has pardoned Jack Johnson, Alice Marie Johnson and is thinking about Muhammad Ali. Lowest black unemployment ever. I guess that’s how racist Presidents roll.
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    NAILED IT!

  56. gacoltfan says:
    June 8, 2018 at 10:21 am
    For those that are against what Trump is doing on this issue, I would like to hear your suggestion on what he should do? I would agree that he should have never said anything in the 1st place or at least not made such a big deal about it, but going forward what should he do?

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    as a leader, he should have approached the issue by saying he did not like to see the players kneeling but was going to extend an olive branch to hear them out (or send people to do so). But he couldn’t resist the opportunity to chastise others and score points with his base at the same time, because that is his M.O.. It is the way he does things.

    Now that he is in pardon mode while some of his campaign people are getting squeezed to spill the beans, it looks much more like a self-serving gesture that doesn’t even address the main core of the protest. If he really wants to help solve problems, he should work to set up a discussion about the issues that involve community leaders,law enforcement, and leaders of groups claiming injustice, rather than be passing out get-out-of-jail-free cards. Pardons could be considered as part of that discussion, but they shouldn’t be the entire extent of the discussion.

    Sometimes I wonder if he thinks the American public is stupid. Maybe I’m being cynical, but it sure is better than being gullible.

  57. Joseph McKinney says:
    June 8, 2018 at 10:41 am
    its a manipulative trick.. if you take him up on his offer, you are in his pocket.

    So that if you were to question him the future, he would throw you under the bus.

    not worth it.

    —–

    good point. look at congress, there are so many people just waiting for Trump to come up behind them and yell BOO

  58. In case you all forgrot.
    The people who are at the heart of this narrative are either dead. They can’t be pardoned and the pain of their loss can’t erased by the stroke of a pen.

    This isn’t an olivie branch its further manipulation of the narrative and avoidance of addressing the issue, the brutality and out right murder of Blacks and non-Whites under the umbrella of law enforcement.
    It’s cover so that America can cover its ears, eyes and mouths instead of just sticking its head in the sand.

  59. I posted the below comment that was censored. You have my email address from log-on. Can you please let me know why this would not make the cut?

    I’m guessing I won’t get a response. If that becomes reality, you guys suck. If I’m wrong, I offer apologies in advance.

    There’s no way to pardon or let out people who are dead after run-ins with law enforcement, of course. Those deaths and the response to those deaths by law enforcement agencies and the justice system are a major part of what spurred the protests in the first place and were not addressed by the President on Friday.
    _______________________________________

    What about the deaths of Officers which keep growing daily? Killed by these people “who don’t have voices?” How many unarmed civilians have been killed by police officers in past year – 3? 4? Well, over 100 officers killed in US in 2017. Over 50 so far this year. Let’s make sure we tell both sides of the story.

  60. Before he leaves office in 2024 maybe he should pardon the Protest League if they truly apologize for using our great country’s flag as a potty training mat.

  61. To all of you that say President Trump is a embarrassment, I hope you change you tune when he goes to the G7 and stands firm on his 100% America 1st policy and wanting to tighten up the ~750,000,000,000.00 trade deficit.

    The nations at the table will hem & haw but will happily take the billions in aid and defense that we the taxpayers fund every year.

  62. 95% of people in the correctional system in the US are in state systems not federal (more than 6.5 million in state, about 350 thousand in federal). A president has no power over state systems. Arrests and prosecutions by police and county, city, or state prosecutors have nothing to do with the federal government and a president has no power over them.

    It is sad that a draft dodging president who pretended to have bone spurs in his heel who called sexually transmitted diseases his personal Vietnam is playing tiddlywinks. His bone spur story was so weak that he couldn’t even say if it was his right or left foot that supposed had the bone spurs.

    As a veteran from a family where at least one family member has served in every US war starting with the Civil War except for the Spanish-American War (1898), and where every generation has had at least one member serve, it is sad to such foolishness, dishonor, and un-American behavior in the White House.

  63. There’s nothing he can do about the people that have been or will be killed. That is something that happens in an instant and obviously, he isn’t there. But, he is offering to do something about stuff he can control. It’s more than any other President has offered.

  64. Trump gives you more good than bad. I just wish he hadn’t said what he did about compelling players to come out of the locker room. Sometimes, he breaks things that are not broken. Nevertheless, I ultimately believe his heart is in the right place.

  65. Dennis Carson says:
    June 8, 2018 at 11:32 am
    There’s nothing he can do about the people that have been or will be killed. That is something that happens in an instant and obviously, he isn’t there. But, he is offering to do something about stuff he can control. It’s more than any other President has offered.
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    You can do something about the killing, but the cops behind bars. Charge them for murder. These are avoidable situations with training and consequences.

  66. Whats killing me in so many comments are the people trying to put down Trump giving at least something (the only part thats within his power) to their cause. They were gleefully bashing Trump for not doing anything and whoops, he suddenly did do something. Some of you are just complaining about the things outside his power, some if you are just complainng. But the common thread is that the specter of Trump actually doing something positive infuriates you. You want him to be bad because you want the material to feed your criticisms. At some point I think some if you need to ask yourselves if you really care about these issues or if your real goal was to hate on a man and these issues were nothing more than your means means to that end.

    Myself, Im still not too fond of the guy and dont think for a minute this solves everything. But still something good did get put on the table here and Ill accept it graciously.

  67. Instead of appealing to the would-be despot how about we have a system that’s not broken in the first place? This is not Rome with Caesar giving thumbs up or thumbs down on a whim.

  68. briang123 says:
    June 8, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Trump is sending an olive branch. Now we get to see if these protests are about with the players say they are, or if they are now what I believe they become, generic anti-Trump protests.

    Could not have said it better.
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    He is considering pardons for people that were systemically imprisoned under sentencing laws that overtly racist. It is always a political endgame for this man.

    If you want to extend an olive branch, respect, listen and act on Colin Kaepernick’s reasoning for taking the knee.

    #stopdeflecting

  69. How about instead we recommend officers to be sent to prison for life for the heinous murders some have committed towards our citizens. God forbid I walk outside of my house on a chilly night with a hoodie on and pull out my cell phone, only to be shot 20 times because a poor police officer was “afraid for his life.” We have plenty of video evidence. You want to take action Trump clan? Take that action.

  70. youngnoizecom says:
    June 8, 2018 at 9:54 am
    Pardoning dead people does nothing, but let’s see what happens with people who are actually incarcerated right now. So many people doing long sentences for non-violent crimes and it’s insane.
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    Do you mean living people like Alice Marie Johnson that just had her sentence commuted 2 days ago by the President?

  71. President TRUMP is giving players the Sun Tzu “Golden Bridge” to allow them to escape from their stupid virtue-signalling exercise and make a real, positive difference.

    Will they be smart enough to take it or are they too filled with hate and blinded by cognitive dissonance?

  72. there is no way to let dead people out of jail, but if you believe hard enough then they can at least go to a place identical to our society, but without all the bad things.

    and there’s no work!

  73. I gotta see how this shakes out, because I don’t trust the guy as far as I can throw him, but if Trump is on the level, I can give credit where it’s due. I think it’s missing the point about police brutality, unnecessary force, racial profiling, etc, but with this guy, I’ll take any step in the direction even medium-decency.

  74. And for those saying the President can do nothing about “state cases.” You don’t know what you are talking about. The Presidents power of pardon is not limited to only Federal cases. Which is why that Schneiderman sicko in NY was cajoling the NY state assembly to modify the NY constitution to claim that state charges can still be brought against a person pardoned by the President. The President could pardon you for jaywalking or speeding and your local judge and prosecutor couldn’t do a thing about it! Know the law before you comment on it! The President can pardon anyone!

  75. Uncle Donnie isn’t selling some snake oil! Line up and get it! You won’t be disappointed!

  76. Maybe they can ask the president to pardon Muhammad Ali. Oops too late…but thanks for playing, Mr. President.

  77. Pardon Power. The president is given the power under the Constitution to “grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”. The president may grant a full pardon to a person accused or convicted of a federal crime, releasing the person from any punishment and restoring her or his Civil Rights.

  78. No, you cannot get a presidential pardon for a state crime. According to the U.S. Constitution, pardon may be granted by the President only in case of federal criminal convictions, like the ones obtained in the District Courts of the US.

  79. dimbee says:
    June 8, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Until tomorrow when he tweets something that totally contradicts this.
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    Yes, Trump never does what he says he will do. Oh wait . . .

  80. This isn’t a bad idea and I give him credit for even offering this but based off of his history I doubt he’d even pull through with this. He’d probably spin it to make players look like they support “felons.” I’ll believe it when I see it though. That’s both sides. Either way you still can’t do anything about those that have died and the cops that have gotten away without any consequences. And also I want to know what he will do to prevent things like this from happening in the future. Not just pardoning a bunch of guys and think everything is fine and dandy. You need to go to the root of the cause.

  81. “The President . . . shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

    (Article II, Section 2, Clause 1)

    The power to pardon is one of the least limited powers granted to the President in the Constitution. The only limits mentioned in the Constitution are that pardons are limited to offenses against the United States (i.e., not civil or state cases), and that they cannot affect an impeachment process.

    In other words, Federal pardons only. Not jaywalking or parking ticket violations as other commentors posted.Need to take a class on the U.S. Constitution. I have.

  82. This is not an olive branch……..People are potesting police brutailty. The police are literally killing people. How can a pardon address someones life? The people getting assaulted and beaten by police aren’t in jail, so again how can a pardon help? It isn’t normally possible but the POTUS is growing dumber and dumber by the day

  83. The fact that we can’t all even agree that we’ve “elected” a psychopath as our president is really troubling to me. That’s not even a joke, its just really sad.

    This isn’t what the players, who are kneeling, want. They want police brutality against African Americans to stop. They want to be treated like everyone else. They have the same rights, but we’ve never been more afraid and hateful of each other. Makes me sad, because in the end we are all just humans.

  84. this is just cover to hide from the fact that he & his administration today are arguing that health insurance companies have the right to cancel people’s insurance for pre-existing conditions, another one of his big promises down the crapper!

  85. It’s not about pardons, it’s about equal treatment under the law. Pardoning people who are dead is like apologizing for something that happened 200 years ago. It’s useless and doesn’t fix anything. And Muhammad Ali doesn’t need to be pardoned – Ali’s attorney is opposed to this.

    If Trump was really “extending an olive branch” he’d demand inquiries into police shootings and police training. Don’t hold your breath about him doing that.

    Despite the recent guest appearance by Kim Kardashian, the White House is not a reality tv show.

  86. Much like others have said, this, while an an intriguing offer by the president, doesn’t address what is being protested. Even this is an over simplification and is corrected for relative population sizes, but a black man is 2.5 times more likely to end up dead when stopped by the police than a white person. You can’t fix this by pardoning people. It is a deeper issue but must stop for America to be great again. Nor is it a problem only to NFL players. It should concern every American. Trump is an unconventional man who uses unconventional methods so this might be a sincere attempt to fix the problem, only he knows for sure. But this one completely misses the root of the problem.

  87. Pardoning the dreamers makes a whole lot more sense than pardoning the Arizona sheriff who knowingly violated the law, because the dreamers did not know they violated the law when their parents brought them into the USA without documentation.

  88. The heat of Mueller investigation has this man under so much pressure he is now using the players to build up stock. I see what he’s doing … but if what he’s doing will release some people from the feds for drug crimes that dont deserve 10, 20,or 30 years then I’m willing to be used as a pawn.

  89. Why is Trump so obsessed with pardoning everyone and everything now? Paranoia will destroy ya? “There is no collusion.” (Yes, but what about bank fraud, money laundering, treason, lying under oath, and etc. to infinity.) I’d be on a pardoning kick too if I were him.

  90. …..Meanwhile the other person that lost is continuing to tour the world and bad mouth the country and it’s people….actually two former first ladies are doing that. He’s not just the American President, he’s the Americans President. That is a nice change.

  91. whynotjustadmitit says:

    Who are you going to pardon???

    They are a voice for the people that DIED at the hands of the police. They’re dead dude.

    Come on!!!!!
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    Sigh. Your hatred has blinded you. Let’s see what the protest leader said:

    “The mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex”
    -Colin Kaepernick

  92. omeimontis says:

    Pardoning the dreamers makes a whole lot more sense than pardoning the Arizona sheriff who knowingly violated the law, because the dreamers did not know they violated the law when their parents brought them into the USA without documentation.
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    The “dreamers” are not citizens.

  93. rcali says:
    June 8, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    …..Meanwhile the other person that lost is continuing to tour the world and bad mouth the country and it’s people….actually two former first ladies are doing that. He’s not just the American President, he’s the Americans President. That is a nice change.
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    Trump is easily the most divisive president in my lifetime, and it’s intentional. His “attempts” to appeal to most minorities are, for the most part, tailored to appeal to his right wing base instead. So they can say – as you’ve done – “See, he’s trying”.
    But he’s not trying to bring people together, he’s changing the subject to bring it back to himself and his agenda. And throwing out the occasional red herring to distract from his own problems
    He’s deliberately and effectively forcing ever deeper divisions in this country.
    Decades of Limbaugh, Glen Beck, O’Reilly, and his friends at Breitbart have convinced white men that they’re the victims. That’s what produced Trump, and that’s who he represents.

  94. ee00ee says:
    June 8, 2018 at 10:00 am
    ok Mr Pres, pardon all non violent drug offenders, go past that and extort change at state level and withhold something to get them to do the same.
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    NO FREAKIN WAY! Stop breaking the law dummies. That is the easiest way to avoid a prison sentence. A pardon is not for overturning a states entire judicial process. The president is sharp. This is going to turn out great for him…. Again!

  95. The President is playing with all of you leftie protesters, and the leftie ‘writers’ are unwittingly helping him do it. As long as that continues this silly scenario will to on.

    And you people are supposed to be smarter than us.

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