Who will Trump pardon? As pundits and activists continue to make the case for Assange, Joe Exotic's reportedly on the list
Added 01-19-21 07:37:03am EST - “Donald Trump is expected to pardon more than 100 people hours before leaving the White House on Wednesday, prompting a flurry of speculation and hand-wringing about who they might be.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Who will Trump pardon? As pundits and activists continue to make the case for Assange, Joe Exotic’s reportedly on the list”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Last-minute pardons have become a tradition for outgoing presidents. In theory, the power is supposed to be used to overturn wrongful convictions or excessively harsh sentences, but past administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have granted mercy to friends and political allies.
Trump is expected to honor this somewhat seedy custom. He has already used this privilege to pardon his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as well as Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, Jared. While some of the names announced tomorrow will likely be the beneficiaries of nepotism, many are still hoping the president will show mercy for more ‘deserving’ individuals, such as WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange. However, if the reports are accurate, it appears that the meth-head from ‘Tiger King’ is a higher priority for Trump. Pundits and activists have their own wishlist, but who will make the cut?
Judging by social media chatter, Assange would be a top pardon pick if the matter was put to a vote. The WikiLeaks co-founder, whose fate is still uncertain after a London court blocked his extradition to the US, has received support from a broad range of pundits, politicians and activists. Assange could spend the rest of his life in prison, after being charged in the US with espionage for publishing classified documents, some of which exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Full Tucker Carlson Segment Calling For President Trump To Pardon Julian Assange"[Trump] can achieve a major victory for the principles that this country was founded on & that make it a good place to live.""Make a statement in our defense, defend the Bill of Rights." pic.twitter.com/hQIkONpAgs
The campaign to secure Assange’s release has attracted left-wing voices such as talk show host Jimmy Dore, as well as conservative talking heads such as Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Even former Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has urged Trump to grant Assange his freedom.
Full Tucker Carlson Segment Calling For President Trump To Pardon Julian Assange"[Trump] can achieve a major victory for the principles that this country was founded on & that make it a good place to live.""Make a statement in our defense, defend the Bill of Rights." pic.twitter.com/hQIkONpAgs— The Columbia Bugle ???????? (@ColumbiaBugle) January 19, 2021
Look at how overwhelming public support is for an Assange pardon—in EVERY poll like this—and think about what it says about any President who refuses to shut down THE most dangerous legal case in the journalism because he's afraid of criticism from the worst people in government. https://t.co/2mq8mDtwEn— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 18, 2021
I’m told this is the limousine that will be waiting to pick up Joe Exotic if he receives the pardon tomorrow. The lead advocate of Team Tiger tells me they’ll be taking him to a secure location. He says Joe doesn’t want anyone to see him until his hair his done. @koconewshttps://t.co/SICtee1AIlpic.twitter.com/AZATiyleig— Perris Jones (@KOCOPerris) January 19, 2021
Everyone is panicking Trump is gonna pardon himself tomorrow while I’m over here wondering if Joe Exotic is on the list...cuz honestly I think we need a sequel to Tiger King in order to get through the rest of 2021 ???? pic.twitter.com/3xh68BBFxs— HimeNaya Draws Comics (@ArtistHimeNaya) January 18, 2021
Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump@potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. ???????? pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
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