President Trump on Friday offered a new solution for those who wish to kneel for the National Anthem as he was about to depart for Quebec, Canada to attend the G-7 summit; point him towards specific instances of injustice so the President can use his power to right those wrongs.
“What I’m going to so 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. If I find – if my committee finds they’re unfairly treated, we will pardon them or at least let them out,” said President Trump as he was departing for Quebec, Canada to attend the G7 Summit.
The President of the United States does hold pardon power and the power to commute sentences as it pertains to prosecution by the Department of Justice. The President does not maintain the ability to commute sentences imposed by various state governments nor does he have the ability to issue a pardon from a state’s prosecution and subsequent sentencing.
Those who were seeking attention by kneeling for our National Anthem now have it. In fact, they have the President of the United States’ attention. Here is their chance for them bring to the President’s forefront all of the injustice they were supposedly protesting by kneeling for the National Anthem.
Surely this olive branch is also extended to the Golden State Warriors as they have recently stated they would refuse an invitation to visit the White House in the wake of their 4-game sweep of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Championship. Though that opportunity may have already passed them by as their
The Golden State Warriors pulled a similar stunt last year after they were invited to the White House however, when Steph Curry was asked in September of 2017 why he would not like to attend he was incapable of articulating a coherent reason. Their invitation was eventually rescinded as President Trump believed Curry’s hesitation was an insult to the honor that comes with visiting the White House. Curry was unable to point to a specific action or particular statement on behalf of the President that fomented his desire to skip the event though, in the end he got his wish. The Golden State Warriors did not attend the White House which only results in them losing the opportunity to bring to the President’s attention the issues in America that are bothering them.
If these athletes truly want to right the wrongs that have been forged through the justice system, they will take advantage of an opportunity to sit down with President Trump. We will soon find out if these protest were merely ploys for further attention or if there is true meaning behind them. They have a real chance here to influence real change and if they truly wish to do so, they will visit the White House.
If they don’t take the President up on his offer then they will have revealed their protests to have been in vein this entire time. They will have revealed their protests to be nothing more than marketing ploys to increase Twitter followers in hopes their endorsement deals will shower them with more money. And yes, the more followers they have the better chance they have at getting an endorsement.