Trump’s criminal justice reform efforts will provide the illusion to undecided voters that the regime cares for rank and file prisoners as much as those pardoned celebrity criminals.
Willie Horton doesn’t truly foreshadow this generation’s Rod Blago or Michael Milken, because for the beneficent Trump, his bestowing criminal justice reform is like parting gifts on a game show.
Similarly, the reality-show attempt to intimidate the UK parents of a boy killed by a CIA officer is the M.O. of the Trump regime.
So much Caesar-rendering.
Here's the official White House announcement on the offers of clemency today, including DeBartolo, Milken, Blago, Kerik and others pic.twitter.com/sFR7qumlD7— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) February 18, 2020
— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) February 18, 2020
Ã¢ÂÂI watched his wife on television,Ã¢ÂÂ Trump declared, adding that he didnÃ¢ÂÂt know the ex-governor Ã¢ÂÂvery wellÃ¢ÂÂ despite BlagojevichÃ¢ÂÂs appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice years ago. https://t.co/FwFLOMfqaB
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) February 18, 2020
Often overlooked in Blago pardon isn't just that he tried to sell a senate seat–but, “Blagojevich tried to rescind an $8 million contribution the state made to Children's Memorial Hospital, because the hospital's CEO would not make a campaign donation” https://t.co/KL8SlTkAnk
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) February 18, 2020
Blago is, in part, abt hurting Comey/Fitz.
But many of Trump's other moves are abt assuring Flynn, Manafort, and Stone that they will get theirs. https://t.co/IG8BLAJPBU
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 18, 2020
— New York Post (@nypost) February 16, 2020