There are few more prominent political figures who are as virulently racist as Dinesh D’Souza and Joe Arpaio – and Trump has pardoned them both.
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) May 31, 2018
Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018
In pardoning the well-documented criminality of folks like Dinesh D'Souza and Joe Arpaio, President Trump is sending a clear message: Personal loyalty to his administration will secure legal immunity.
It can't be overstated how subversive this is to a functioning democracy. https://t.co/oqxuei9pIa
— Serene Jones (@SereneJones) May 31, 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was the major impetus behind the Thursday pardon of Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative activist tells The Daily Caller.https://t.co/4lDVC7WP2c pic.twitter.com/9Iy6n2e3gX
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 31, 2018
I mean for god's sake Ted Cruz's *entire political identity* is "I'm the outsider who is fighting against the corrupt establishment" and here he is wheedling presidential pardons for his crooked pundit friends
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) May 31, 2018
KARMA IS A BITCH DEPT: @PreetBharara wanted to destroy a fellow Indian American to advance his career. Then he got fired & I got pardoned
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) May 31, 2018
Everyone in politics knows D'Souza is a bad faith actor, who makes deliberately provocative disgusting statements. What will be more interesting today will be to see which GOP politicians ignore that and give bold statements celebrating him.
— andrew kaczynski?? (@KFILE) May 31, 2018
Also note: the underlying crimes that Don Jr et al are at risk of in the Russia investigation are taking illegal donations. That's what D'Souza did, donate illegally.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) May 31, 2018
Dinesh D’Souza is nothing more than a line extension in Mattel’s “50 Shades of Hannity” doll collection.
Babyfingers is trying to tell his pundit friend, Sean, not to turn on him. pic.twitter.com/c0NdPqVMAt
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 31, 2018
Trump has pardoned 2 birthers, 2 leakers, a human trafficker, and a black athlete who's been dead for 70 years.
— zeddy (@Zeddary) May 31, 2018
motherfucker's gonna pardon O'Keefe isn't he
— zeddy (@Zeddary) May 31, 2018
In light of Trump's pardon of Dinesh D'Souza, reposting:
"Trump views law enforcement as merely an instrument of his political will, to be turned loose on his opponents at his whim and weaponized against itself when it tries to hold him accountable." https://t.co/BHRgyIpxFC
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 31, 2018
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) May 31, 2018
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 31, 2018
Why hasn’t Trump pardoned Flynn/Manafort/Cohen already? Presumably because he thinks the political costs outweigh the benefits. If you’re Flynn/Manafort/Cohen, why would you assume Trump’s calculus will change in the future? https://t.co/SdgpEGvpjV
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 31, 2018
… If the president wanted to send a really strong signal to his associates that they were in the clear, he could do that by pardoning them now. He could pardon Mike Flynn today. He’s not doing that. In fact, he won’t even give Roseanne Barr a certificate of non-racistness on Twitter. Instead, he has used Barr’s troubles to make a point about the way the media has mistreated him— me me me me me.
What the Roseanne episode reminds you is Trump won’t expend an ounce of political capital to help his political allies when they’re in trouble unless he sees an advantage for himself. This is consistent with the reputation Trump has developed over decades, as a man for whom loyalty is a one-way street, who will renege on contracts if he sees an advantage.
What we can tell by Trump’s choice, so far, not to pardon Flynn or Paul Manafort or other associates who could conceivably “flip” on him, is that he thinks the costs of pardons for them would exceed the benefits.
Such a move could trigger key resignations at the Department of Justice or in the White House. It could hurt Republican electoral fortunes. Maybe it would even arouse Republican congressional oversight.
Of course, you may not feel like any of those institutions are standing up to Trump, but if Trump wasn’t afraid that they would, wouldn’t he have issued the pardons already? He hates this investigation and feels boxed in. If he felt like he could just pardon his way out, he would do it yesterday.
So, if you were Flynn, would you want to rely on hope that Trump’s political calculus will change in the future?…