Trump Considers Pardon of Boxing Legend Ali

Postado Junho 10, 2018

FILE - Muhammad Ali, left, assumes his former fighting stance while joking around with Vietnamese people on the path outside of Ho Chi Minh's former home in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 11, 1994.

Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a meeting with in Canada with US allies that his team was “looking at literally thousands of names” of people for potential pardons because they were treated unfairly or their sentences are too long. "And some others and some folks whose have sentences that aren't fair".

"The power to pardon", said Trump, "is a attractive thing".

Ali's lawyer, Ron Tweel, said: "We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary".

If Trump pardons Ali, it would be his second act of clemency for a deceased professional boxer. Furthermore, in 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned all persons who dodged the Vietnam War draft.

Asked if he will pardon former campaign aides such as Paul Manafort, indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump said, "They haven't been convicted of anything".

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In opposing the war, Ali famously said in 1967, "If I'm gonna die, I'll die now right here fighting you, if I'm gonna die".

It is not a stretch to see a direct line between Ali's activism and that of people like Colin Kaepernick, who did not face prosecution but has certainly faced consequences for his decision to kneel during the National Anthem before NFL games. Trump would have been around 21 when Ali's conviction was in the news, so he likely remembers the uproar it caused.

However, it is unclear why Mr Trump would be considering a posthumous pardon for the boxing legend since his conviction has already been overturned.

Trump tells reporters he's looking at "thousands of names" of people who could be granted clemency. Ali refused because of his religious beliefs, and his heavyweight championship titles and boxing licenses were stripped from him. "I'm thinking about that very seriously and some others", the president said. Johnson spent 21 years in prison on those charges.

Earlier this week, Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a woman serving a life term for nonviolent drug-related offenses, after meeting with reality television star and socialite Kim Kardashian West to discuss the case.