Trump Asked Kneeling NFL Players Who To Pardon Next And People Are Like 'Issa Trap!'

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House for the G7 summit in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2018. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Asked Kneeling NFL Players Who To Pardon Next And People Are Like 'Issa Trap!'

“He [wants to] say he did something for Black people that Obama didn't.”

Published June 8, 2018

In a bizarre turn of events, President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday he wants to ask NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to suggest more people for him to pardon. 

Before heading to the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump addressed reporters outside the White House. When the topic of pardons arose, Trump surprised many by suggesting he'd take suggestions on who to pardon next from the same NFL players he bashed. 

  1. After saying no one should remain in the locker rooms during the playing of the national anthem, Trump invited players to give him suggestions for pardons

    "We have a great country, you should stand for our national anthem, you shouldn't go in a locker room when our national anthem is playing," the president told reporters. "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 then we'll pardon them. Or at least let them out."

  2. Trump's suggestion was viewed by many as just another way for him to upstage Obama
  3. Others believe an immediate pardon without tackling actual prison reform could be a trap

    Trump also said he was also considering a posthumous pardon for boxing legend Muhammad Ali — who was jailed for dodging the draft to fight in the Vietnam War — yet that would be quite unnecessary considering the Supreme Court overturned Ali's conviction in 1971. Also, Jimmy Carter granted a general pardon to draft dodgers in 1977. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)


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