Trump to NFL Players: Bring Me a List

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Trump to NFL Players: Bring Me a List

by baldilocks

Last week, at the request of one Kim Kar­dashian West, Pres­i­dent Trump com­muted the life sen­tence of a non-​violent drug dealer Alice Marie John­son. John­son had served 21 years.

Now the pres­i­dent wants to keep the ball rolling, as it were.

I’ve been LMAO ever since I read about this yes­ter­day.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump held out an olive branch in his feud with National Foot­ball League play­ers on Fri­day, ask­ing them for rec­om­men­da­tions as he con­sid­ers par­don­ing sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple who may have been unfairly treated by the crim­i­nal jus­tice system. (…)

On Fri­day, speak­ing to reporters before leav­ing for a Group of Seven sum­mit in Canada, Trump chal­lenged those play­ers, the major­ity of whom are African-​American, to advise him on employ­ing his par­don power. He said his staff was exam­in­ing some 3,000 cases of peo­ple who might deserve clemency.

I am going to ask all of those peo­ple to rec­om­mend to me, because that’s what they’re protest­ing — peo­ple that they think were unfairly treated by the jus­tice sys­tem. And I under­stand that,” Trump said. “They’ve seen a lot of abuse and they’ve seen a lot of unfairness.”

I’m told that this is clas­sic Art of the Deal, which I have down­loaded from the LA Pub­lic Library. It’s also giv­ing me some Fer­engi Rules of Acqui­si­tion vibes. (Deep Space Nine fans will understand.)

What­ever way this plays out, this is a win-​win sit­u­a­tion for the pres­i­dent. And, even if no ballplay­ers send him a list, other promi­nent peo­ple prob­a­bly will – a poten­tial win for some deserv­ing pris­on­ers who have behaved well while pay­ing their debt to soci­ety or for those who have been unjustly imprisoned.

But some observers are grumbling.

His sug­ges­tion that he might bring NFL play­ers into the par­don process must be viewed as noth­ing less than a cyn­i­cal, self-​serving ploy to cre­ate a photo op with NFL play­ers, many of whom have made it clear that they would not be caught stand­ing down­wind from him, much less next to him,” said Harry Edwards, a soci­ol­o­gist and long­time civil rights activist at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berkeley. (…)

This is just another attempt to divert atten­tion and, of course, it places Don­ald Trump as the mas­ter of every­thing, just appeal to me per­son­ally and I’ll let your friends out or maybe I will par­don them,” said Jef­frey Robin­son, deputy legal direc­tor of the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union.

One would think that Long­time Civil Rights Activists and Ven­er­a­ble Civil Lib­er­ties Orga­ni­za­tions would care more about injus­tice being rec­ti­fied more than who gets the credit for the rectification.

Unless it was all about the Look At Me moral nar­cis­sism and preen­ing for them – and for the pro ballplay­ers — in the first place.

Nah, couldn’t be that.

Snark aside, I do hope that some ballplay­ers have enough integrity and per­spec­tive to accept the president’s offer.

We need some heal­ing in this country.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

Last week, at the request of one Kim Kardashian West, President Trump commuted the life sentence of a non-violent drug dealer Alice Marie Johnson. Johnson had served 21 years.

Now the president wants to keep the ball rolling, as it were.

I’ve been LMAO ever since I read about this yesterday.

U.S. President Donald Trump held out an olive branch in his feud with National Football League players on Friday, asking them for recommendations as he considers pardoning several thousand people who may have been unfairly treated by the criminal justice system. (…)

On Friday, speaking to reporters before leaving for a Group of Seven summit in Canada, Trump challenged those players, the majority of whom are African-American, to advise him on employing his pardon power. He said his staff was examining some 3,000 cases of people who might deserve clemency.

“I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me, because that’s what they’re protesting – people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system. And I understand that,” Trump said. “They’ve seen a lot of abuse and they’ve seen a lot of unfairness.”

I’m told that this is classic Art of the Deal, which I have downloaded from the LA Public Library. It’s also giving me some Ferengi Rules of Acquisition vibes. (Deep Space Nine fans will understand.)

Whatever way this plays out, this is a win-win situation for the president. And, even if no ballplayers send him a list, other prominent people probably will – a potential win for some deserving prisoners who have behaved well while paying their debt to society or for those who have been unjustly imprisoned.

But some observers are grumbling.

“His suggestion that he might bring NFL players into the pardon process must be viewed as nothing less than a cynical, self-serving ploy to create a photo op with NFL players, many of whom have made it clear that they would not be caught standing downwind from him, much less next to him,” said Harry Edwards, a sociologist and longtime civil rights activist at the University of California at Berkeley. (…)

“This is just another attempt to divert attention and, of course, it places Donald Trump as the master of everything, just appeal to me personally and I’ll let your friends out or maybe I will pardon them,” said Jeffrey Robinson, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

One would think that Longtime Civil Rights Activists and Venerable Civil Liberties Organizations would care more about injustice being rectified more than who gets the credit for the rectification.

Unless it was all about the Look At Me moral narcissism and preening for them – and for the pro ballplayers — in the first place.

Nah, couldn’t be that.

Snark aside, I do hope that some ballplayers have enough integrity and perspective to accept the president’s offer.

We need some healing in this country.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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