Kirsters Baish| President Trump has been very vocal about his feelings when it comes to the NFL National Anthem protests in the past. However, he has decided to make peace with the players who have participated in the protests.
It was reported by BizPac Review that President Donald Trump has “extended the olive branch” to NFL players who he has reprimanded in the past for their participation in the protests.
Before making his way to the Canadian G-7 Summit, President Trump explained to reporters, “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. 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. 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.”
President Trump went on to promise that if his committee were to find that they are treated unfairly, they will “pardon them or at least let them out.”
This is a pretty incredible offer that President Trump is making. Many NFL players have claimed that the reason for their protesting is due to police violence and racial injustices in our country. What President Trump is saying, essentially, is that it’s time for these players to make a difference, rather than talking about making a difference. These guys want to claim that they’re about “injustice and criminal justice reform,” so it’s time for them to show us what they’re all about.
President Trump has proven that he is willing to pardon anyone who has suffered an injustice. He has proven that he is willing to be fair and reasonable. Anyone who has turned their life around has a chance in his eyes.
It was just this past week that the President pardoned 63-year-old grandmother Alice Johnson, after Kim Kardashian requested he do so. Johnson had been sentenced to life in prison after she was found to have been involved with a drug conspiracy. It was her first offense, and when Trump pardoned her, she had already served 21 years in prison.
Diamond and Silk reported that President Trump 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.”
President Trump also famously pardoned former United States Navy sailor Kristian Saucier earlier this year. Saucier’s entire life was ruined after he took a photograph while on board a military submarine to show family members. President Trump gave him a second chance.
We can’t forget about Dinesh D’Souza, who broke campaign finance laws. Trump felt that D’Souza had been punished solely for political reasons. He, too, was pardoned.
President Trump has explained that he has around 3,000 people on a list that were being considered to be pardoned.