A wave of pardons for President Donald Trump’s allies is expected during his final months in the White House. On Wednesday, the president announced that he had granted full pardon to his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Now, some Republicans are promoting the idea of Trump pardoning himself.
Trump on Thursday praised one far-right Republican who is encouraging him to make maximum use of his ability to pardon allies… and himself.
Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida tweeted, “President Trump should pardon Flynn, the Thanksgiving turkey, and everyone from himself, to his admin, to Joe Exotic if he has to. The Left has a bloodlust that will only be quenched if they come for those who fought with @realDonaldTrump to deliver for the American people.”
Gaetz’ November 24 tweet echoed what he had already said earlier that day during an appearance on Fox News.
“President Trump should pardon Michael Flynn. He should pardon the Thanksgiving turkey. He should pardon everyone from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to because you see, from the radical left, a bloodlust that will only be quenched if they come after the people who worked so hard to animate the Trump Administration with the policies and the vigor and the effectiveness that delivered for the American people. So, I think that the president ought to wield that pardon power effectively and robustly,” the congressman told Fox News.
As appalled as Trump’s critics are by the Flynn pardon, they aren’t necessarily surprised by it. And other Trump allies who the president is likely to pardon, according to his critics, range from his former 2016 campaign manager, Paul Manafort, to former Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon (who is facing criminal charges).
President Trump should pardon Flynn, the Thanksgiving turkey, and everyone from himself, to his admin, to Joe Exotic if he has to.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 25, 2020