Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Trump may pardon Ali who doesn't need one

Trump may pardon Ali who doesn't need one

"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", he said. "He wasn't very popular then", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn as he prepared to leave for Quebec for the Group of Seven summit. Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74.

It is unclear what Trump would be pardoning Ali for.

Trump commented today that he was looking at a list of 3,000 names of citizens who he wanted to pardon because apparently pardoning people is his new power play.

President Donald Trump's widely-mocked trial balloon of pardoning Muhammad Ali gave the legendary boxer's former wife the opportunity to suggest a better course for the commander-in-chief. He appealed that conviction to the Supreme Court, which ruled he was entitled to conscientious objector status and overturned the conviction in an 8-0 decision.

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Late boxing legend Muhammad Ali was convicted of draft evasion for his Vietnam War protest and stripped of his heavyweight title.

But posthumous pardons are symbolic by their very nature, and if granted Ali's would be just the fourth granted in history.

As heavyweight champion of the world, Ali was scorned for changing his name and aligning himself with the Nation of Islam, and a furor erupted after he refused, because of his religious beliefs, to serve in the military during the Vietnam War when he was called up in 1966. He called pardoning power "a lovely thing", and may be considering as many as 3,000 pardons, Fox News reports.

An earlier statement issued by Mr Tweel said while the Ali family appreciate President Trump's sentiment, a pardon is unnecessary.

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Trump offered to take recommendations of people National Football League players think have been treated unfairly by the justice system who should be pardoned or have their sentence commuted. In the past week he has pardoned right-wing commentator Dinesh D'Souza and Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who was sentenced to life for a non-violent drug crime and was championed by Kim Kardashian West.

"He was, look, he was not very popular then, certainly his memory is popular now", Trump said. "I'm thinking about Muhammed Ali", Trump told reporters on the south lawn of the White House.

Trump has reportedly become increasingly "obsessed" with pardons and enjoys talking about potential pardons with aides, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Those have included the late Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champ.

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