Trump considers pardoning Muhammad Ali

President Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to boxer Muhammad Ali in the East Room of the White House. President Donald Trump said he is thinking “very seriously” about pardoning Muhammad Ali even

Trump considers pardoning Muhammad Ali

Last month Sylvester Stallone came to the White House to be in on Trump's pardoning of boxing great Jack Johnson, the country's first black heavyweight boxing champion, who had been convicted in 1913, under the Mann Act, of transporting a white woman across state lines.

White House aides believe Trump may look to pardon Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, sources told ABC News, while lobbying the president to consider other Americans who have been behind bars for nonviolent crimes.

"I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali".

'I'm thinking about that very seriously'. Wrongful convictions have been erased with presidential pardons, but there is technically no longer a conviction on Ali's record.

Ali, a conscientious objector of the Vietnam War, was convicted of resisting the draft in June 1967. After his conviction, he was also stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown.

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Ali's legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favour, reversing his conviction on a technicality. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West personally appealed to Trump to pardon the 63-year-old grandmother.

He said football players had "seen a lot of abuse" and "a lot of unfairness" and he wanted their input on his use of this executive power. "Many of those names have been treated unfairly".

"The power to pardon", said Trump, "is a attractive thing".

Muhammad Ali, who passed away in 2016, was one of the most influential and inspiring American historical figures of the twentieth century. Johnson spent 21 years in prison on those charges.

Hopefully, Donald Trump gets to read the above statement at some point today, and realizes that his considerations aren't automatically revered and appreciated-or rather, at all necessary.

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