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.
"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."
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.
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