Trump Mockery Pours In After Blagojevich Commutation News

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This week, President Donald Trump again sought to usurp the power of his position for personal benefits with reported plans to commute the ongoing 14 year prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The former official was originally jailed on a slew of corruption charges, including an attempt to exchange huge campaign contributions for an appointment to Barack Obama’s then-recently vacated U.S. Senate seat. While Blagojevich was indicted but still awaiting trial, he actually appeared on Trump’s now ling defunct reality television show The Apprentice, and after the news of his sentence commutation, mockery for Trump’s brazen egotism poured in.

Journalist David Nir commented:

‘Blagojevich was literally impeached and removed from office (in a unanimous vote), and barred from ever holding state office again. This is Trump’s way of saying f-you to the very idea of impeachment.’

As Brian Cohen added:

‘Blagojevich was convicted of: -fraud and conspiracy charges from trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat -extorting a children’s hospital CEO and racetrack exec for campaign $ -lying to the FBI *But* he was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice and really that’s all that matters here.’

Rod’s wife Patti has spent a great deal of time attempting direct appeals to Trump since he became president. For example in early 2018, she explicitly compared those who went after her husband’s case to the investigators looking into the president’s team’s own behavior — which, considering Trump’s endless stream of animosity for those investigators, was sure to get his attention. Sure enough, the very next month, he mockingly said to reporters that the former governor had been jailed simply for being “stupid.”

Then, in August of last year, Trump commented on Twitter, discussing Blagojevich:

‘Many people have asked that I study the possibility of commuting his sentence in that it was a very severe one. White House staff is continuing the review of this matter.’

This Tuesday, he confirmed to reporters that he’d commuted the former governor’s sentence, which he called “ridiculous.” The debacle mirrors his public meltdown over a sentencing recommendation for longtime Trump pal Roger Stone, which shortly preceded the Justice Department intervening to lower prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation.

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