President Donald Trump made a stunning offer to NFL protesters on Friday, offering to consider pardoning individuals who they feel like have been treated unfairly by the U.S. justice system.
After first criticizing NFL players for refusing to stand for the national anthem, Trump indicated he would like to make progress on the exact issue they are protesting.
“What I’m going to do is I’m going to say to them instead of talk… We have a great country and you should stand for our national anthem. You shouldn’t go in the locker room when our national anthem is played,” Trump said. “I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what their protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system.”
He continued, “I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated, friends of theirs or people they know about. And I’m going to take a look at those applications. If I find — and my committee finds that they’re unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out.”
Earlier this week, Trump disinvited the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles after it was revealed most of the team planned to protest the White House visit. Trump cited the national anthem protests and his opinion that players should always stand to honor the country and its military.
Trump's offer comes days after he commuted the life sentence of Alice Johnson, a non-violence drug offender who spent over 20 years in prison. Kim Kardashian West recently visited the White House to push for Johnson's release.
In another bold move, it seems Trump is interested in tackling criminal justice reform in America, an issue Democrats failed to properly address under former President Barack Obama.
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