While President Donald Trump has made it very clear that he strongly holds his beliefs about respecting the national anthem and the flag, he’s now making a conciliatory gesture to those NFL players who have kneeled during the anthem in protest.
From Biz Pac Review:
Trump extended the olive branch to players in the National Football League who have repeatedly been called out by him for protesting during the national anthem by kneeling, sitting or staying in the locker room.
“You have a lot of people in the NFL in particular but in sports leagues, they’re not proud enough to stand for our national anthem. I don’t like that,” Trump said to reporters before heading out for the G-7 Summit in Canada.
“What I’m going to do is I’m going to say to them instead of talk…I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what their protesting – people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system … I understand that,” Trump continued. “I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated. Friends of theirs or people they know about and I’m going to take a look at those applications.”
The president promised if his “committee finds they’re unfairly treated, we will pardon them or at least let them out.”
WATCH: Trump says he will ask NFL players who kneel during National Anthem for a list of those they feel should be pardoned pic.twitter.com/lWSTNXhxwG
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) June 8, 2018
That’s a pretty stunning offer to make.
Some of the players have said that they are protesting police violence and injustice by kneeling.
And it’s really telling them to put their money where their mouth is. If it’s really about injustice and criminal justice reform, and not just about being a leftist, wearing police as pigs socks and disrespecting the anthem, then tell us exactly what case you want to be changed.
Trump has obviously shown himself willing to pardon or commute the sentence of people where there’s been an injustice, where he thinks the sentence is unfair and the person has turned her life around.
This week he commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson at the request of Kim Kardashian. Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother, had received a life sentence of being involved in a drug conspiracy despite the fact that it was the first offense. She had already served 21 years.
He also posthumously pardoned the first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, who had been convicted of violating the Mann Act for “transporting a white woman across state lines for immoral purposes” in 1913 for traveling with his future wife. He was prosecuted because he was black and Trump wanted to rectify that injustice.
And he pardoned Kristian Saucier, the sailor had his life ruined for taking a picture aboard his submarine to show his family, and Dinesh D’Souza, who broke campaign finance laws but whom Trump felt was severely punished for political reasons.
Trump said he had about 3000 people on a pardon list for consideration.
Will they take him up on it? They should, but bet they wouldn’t.