Pardon me?

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Trump suggested to aides he wants to pardon himself

The New York Times reported today that “President Trump has suggested to aides he wants to pardon himself in the final days of his presidency.”

The article goes to to report that “Mr. Trump has considered a range of pre-emptive pardons for family, including his three oldest children — Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump — for Ms. Trump’s husband, the senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, and for close associates like the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. The president has expressed concerns to advisers that a Biden Justice Department might investigate all of them.”

With that in mind, the phrase, “time is of the essence” is more important than ever.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have already called for invoking the 25th Amendment. Some back bench GOP Congressman have suggested that the House should either immediately start the impeachment process or the 25th Amendment should be invoked. Another impeachment makes no sense…not only is there no time, even if there was, he would not be removed again. But the 25th Amendment is viable and quick. Unfortunately, to this point Vice President Pence, who would have to initiate it, has been silent. Silent even though Trump has abandoned him. And not just Pence but his Chief of Staff, Marc Short, as well; Short has been denied access to the White House where his office is.

What in God’s name are they waiting for? Trump is clearly unfit for office; he needs to be removed before he does more damage (two weeks is a long time in Trump time) or attempts to get himself and his crooked family and associates a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

As Nike would say, “Just do it!”

One last thing. In my previous post, “January 6, 2021, a date that will live in ignominy!” (https://around-the-block.com/2021/01/07/january-6-2021-a-date-that-will-live-in-ignominy/), I omitted one request.

I have several friends and acquaintances who have been, and continue to be, Trump supporters and apologists. I’m sure that many of you do as well. With that in mind, I ask one favor – forward these last two posts to them with the following message: What do you think of your guy Trump now?

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy.

7 thoughts on “Pardon me?

  1. I’m afraid to find out because if they still Support him I don’t know how I could bear it.

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  2. I don’t think he can pardon himself. That would mean any president could illegal acts and then pardon himself which would lead to HORROR. Believe the Scotus would stop this.

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    1. Not only is it unclear if he can pardon himself, it is unclear whether he can even issue blanket or pre-emptive pardons. The only time that was done is when Ford pardoned Nixon. The pardon wasn’t challenged because the sentiment that the country need healing. This is a different situation and different times and any pre-emptive pardon he issues, for himself or his family and associates like Giuliani will surely be challenged in court.

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