Maddow: Trump’s Pardon Like Emperor Deciding Who Lives

Maddow: Trump’s Pardon Like Emperor Deciding Who Lives

August 28, 2020

During MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, host Rachel Maddow claimed that President Trump’s pardon of Jon Ponder at the RNC was like ancient Roman gladiatorial contests in which “the emperor makes a show of showing his divine mercy, right, in deciding who lives and who dies.”

“I mean, in concept, it’s a little like the Roman Coliseum and the — there’s the gladiators before them and the emperor makes a show of showing his divine mercy, right, in deciding who lives and who dies. So, there’s that in terms of the showmanship of it,” Maddow said.

“But also, to continue to showcase the president’s fascination with the pardon power feels different, even in this presidency than it would in another presidency,” she mused. “It would be kind of creepy for any president to fixate on it in this way, but with what this president has done with pardons for people who have otherwise potentially been able to tell tales about him and his potential criminal behavior to prosecutors who are engaged in ongoing investigations of the president, his cronies, his campaign, his inauguration, and his businesses, yeah, of course he digs pardons. Of course he’s fascinated with that. Of course he wants to talk about that all the time.”

This is just pathetic rumor-mongering. The left has tried and failed for 4 years to find evidence of illegal activity with which they can bring Trump down.

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