Donald Trump Pardons

Though the issue is no longer of interest to the media, a bit of a postmortem on the Trump pardons seems in order.  The issue of presidential pardons by President Trump had been a front-burner story for more than two years.  The original bogus reports speculated that Trump would be pardoning all kinds of his associates, his family and even himself.  If re-elected, he would pardon just about everyone ensnared in the bogus investigation into Russian collusion by the Trump administration.

Democrats and their media allies promoted that conspiracy theory for three years, but Special Counsel Robert Mueller totally debunked it. Still, individuals fell victim to what is known as the “perjury trap” – finding someone allegedly lying about an investigation into a crime that never occurred.

If Trump was not re-elected, we were told that he would then pardon more aides and advisors, including himself.  There was speculation – even “confirmed reports” (malicious gossip, that is) from unnamed sources that Trump was going to pardon himself.  In other words, Trump was being repeatedly attacked for something the press alleged he could to … might have done.  But not a scintilla of evidence concerning what he might be planning to do – vicious rumors paraded as news.

Based on alleged insider information, Trump was all but certain to pardon General Michael Flynn, political gadfly Roger Stone (who had previously received a commutation), former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, campaign aide Steve Papadopoulos, Trump personal attorney Rudi Giuliani, his daughter and son-in-law, his son and himself.

These speculative accusatory negative stories were filled with hypothetical responses to the falsely alleged Trump intention.  Is it constitutional to pardon himself?  Can presidential pardons be nullified?  Do we need to change the Constitution to limit a President’s pardoning powers?  All that negative reporting on pure partisan speculation.  No evidence that Trump intended to do all or any of those things – and in the final analysis, he did none of it.

With the latest bogus theory deflated by reality, the media tried desperately to salvage their unsalvageable reputation.  They suggested – again without evidence – that the events on Capitol Hill were so damaging to Trump that his aides convinced him that he could not follow through with his plans.  They tried to inflate the Steve Bannon pardon to epic proportions to fill the void left from the collapse of their vicious speculations.  The Bannon angle was just not big enough to fill that vacuum.  So, they just walked away from their reporting as if they never misled the public – no retraction, no apology.

The pardons story is now a small speck in the rearview mirror.  But do not expect the east coast news establishment to admit a mistake, apologize or issue a correction.  If they did that for all their false stories, they would hardly have time or space to create new false speculative narratives against half the population.

So, there ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.