REDPILLED Media Weekly Column
Tuesday evening, on his final full day in the White House, President Trump pardoned or commuted sentences for 143 Americans, raising the total count of individuals granted executive clemency during the presidency to 240 people — among the very lowest of such figures for any president in modern American history.
Indeed, President Trump has used his clemency powers the third least out of any president in the last 120 years; Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. come in last with just 77 and 200 total pardons and commutations, respectively.
Consider the following representation of the topic produced by Pew Research in November 2020:
Nevertheless, employing this rare restraint toward exercising such a far-reaching executive ability unlimited by the amount of recipients has not stopped the media from labelling him an unrestrained authoritarian tyrant intent on issuing mass pardons to his political allies.
President Trump pardoned Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2017, author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza in 2018, media mogul Conrad Black in 2019, and longtime Republican strategist Roger Stone in 2020 — all of whom could be correctly identified as ideologically adjacent if not direct associates of the president, and just as accurately as political enemies of the Deep State and the establishment class in Washington.
These high-profile, nominally conservative associates of the president, along with former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, were all convicted of minor white collar process crimes, most of whose purported crimes occurred years prior and totally independent of any relation to the Trump campaign or administration, with the rest’s being misstatements of lawful events during questioning with the federal government.
But with this round of pardons, the president made it painstakingly clear that his friends and family were not the main focus; Or rather, Mitch McConnell did.
Tucker Carlson reported last night on Fox News that in his final act as Senate majority leader, soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader McConnell threatened President Trump with ‘likely conviction’ in the expected upcoming Senate impeachment trial if he dared use the presidential pardon out of line with official swamp consensus: namely to grant some form of clemency to either Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, John Kiriakou — you get the picture.
Leader McConnell was successful in his brazen extortion of the sitting president.
So President Trump did not pardon his children or political dissidents, as he was reported to have considered in the past week. Though the late night pardon of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was perhaps the highest profile pardon issued to a political figure, the president also strangely gave clemency to corrupt former Republican US representatives Duke Cunningham and Rick Renzi and, inexplicably, to the criminal Democrat ex-mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick, convicted of racketeering and bribery for defrauding the taxpayers of his city, was sentenced to 27 years in prison for such sleazy crimes that President Obama even refused to pardon him. President Trump commuted the criminal’s sentence at the behest of Wayne County residents, apparently rewarding them for single-handedly delivering Michigan to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
But these useless pardons to undeserving public swindlers are not even close to the most humiliating to President Trump’s voters: Not only did the president use his waning hours behind the resolute desk to throw his fiercest supports under the bus, he used the executive pardon power to free his most vicious haters from prison.
In December, superstar rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon by a felon after smuggling a loaded handgun from California to Florida on his private jet. Wayne became a convicted felon in 2009 over another weapons charge, only pleading guilty after an investigation found DNA evidence on a handgun claimed to be his manager’s. His crimes are for the most part harmless, and though he promotes a destructive lifestyle through his lyrics, Wayne is respectful toward police and has courageously spoken out against the Black Lives Matter movement from the beginning.
He even defends white policemen against attacks from journalists:
So a pardon of Lil Wayne can be defended. However, the other rap pardons are indefensible.
Kodak Black is perhaps one of the most aggressively anti-white figures in rap music. He is a part of the Black Hebrew Israelites group, which even the SPLC designates correctly as a “black supremacist” organization.
Less than one month after Trump took office, Black released a music video to his most popular song by far called Tunnel Vision. The video depicted President Trump in a MAGA hat being strangled to death while black people drinking the illegal cocktail of codeine cough syrup and Sprite sporting black ski masks and shirts reading ‘Sniper Gang’ dance in front of burning crosses and a hanging KKK member.
This is the guy who got a presidential pardon.
Consider entertainment website Highsnobiety’s review of the so-called music video:
The visual sees a black man being targeted by a white man wearing a red cap with the words “Make America Hate Again” printed across the front. Their violence quickly escalates to the point of both of them engaged in a brutal strangling match. Kodak meanwhile, raps with his crew in front of burning crosses. Though simple in concept, the final product is stunningly brusque, particularly when compared to the rest of Kodak’s videos.
If you can stomach it, watch the obscene video actively promoted by YouTube here.
Following the pardon, Kodak Black’s fans savagely mocked Trump throughout the entire comment section of the video. They laughed at him, called his supporters idiots, and insincerely thanked him for pardoning their gang-banging idol.
Selections from his followers include: “Imagine making this video and then Donald Trump pardons you [laughing emoji]”, “Thank you Donald, very cool!”, “trump supporters are retarded lol”, and “Who’s here after trump pardoned him lmaooooo”.
Oh, and who could forget the time he tweeted out his unwavering support for breast cancer? Not awareness for it, but the disease itself. The tweet is still up.
Finally, Michael Harris, sometimes known as ‘Harry O’, friend of rapper and fellow criminal Snoop Dogg, had the last eight years of his 30-years-long sentence commuted by President Trump. He was sentenced for attempted murder, kidnapping, and cocaine trafficking in 1988 and is reported in the DailyMail to have been a drug ‘kingpin’ in California at the height of the brutally violent and deadly crack epidemic.
These are the people we’re rewarding as the Trump presidency comes to a close.
The New York Post reports that Weldon Angelos, who is also a friend of Snoop Dogg, who was also pardoned by President Trump back in December after serving 55 years in prison for drugs and guns charges, lobbied the White House for Harris’s release. Angelos, successful in his attempt to free his fellow inmates, is quoted by the Post to have said of the situation: “The credit on this one goes to Ivanka Trump because Ivanka Trump was not going to take no for an answer.”
So we’re pardoning hardened drug kingpins and allowing them to release all of their friends with them. Great.
But the most offensive part of the whole ordeal is Snoop Dogg’s direct involvement in the pardons, with his influence going all the way up to the White House. The DailyMail describes Dogg as “instrumental in convincing the president to pardon Harris, enlisting Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and justice reform campaigners.” He has been a stain on American pop culture since the ’90s when he made a song bragging about how he got off on a legitimate murder charge.
In recent years, he has openly mocked white Americans for their lawful behavior by unapologetically filming himself donning whiteface in public using degrading racial stereotypes that he’d be the first one to call offensive should they be relatively be applied to him.
This is a truly deranged man, and is not one to enlist in potentially life-or-death political decisions.
Of course Snoop Dogg also released a music video a mere two months after President Trump took office also depicting his assassination.
Who knew that all you had to do to get your criminal friends out of prison is threaten to kill the sitting president for four years?
Maybe you do.