Why in the world would President Trump tweet that he could pardon himself?
Legally, I have no idea whether or not this is true.
Politically, though, it does not matter whether he can or he can’t. To so much as mention the possibility – even in the context of saying he wouldn’t do it (which is NOT what he said…more on that in a moment) – is to suggest it is on his mind.
If anyone can come up with a scenario, even a far-fetched one – where bringing this up would in any way benefit President Trump or his agenda, do let me know. Because I can’t. Not even close.
And, as noted above, he didn’t exactly say he wasn’t going to do it. He is verbatim tweet:
“As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” tweeted Trump. “In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!”
First off, that tweet says numerous scholars are of the opinion he could pardon himself — which, inherently says that others are not of that opinion.
And then, instead of saying he would not do so, he says “why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong” – the implication being that if he did do something wrong, or if someone could make a good case he did, self-pardon would be on his radar.
This is a classic case of Donald Trump bringing problems on himself. Being his own worse enemy.
I understand that Mr. Trump tweets because he feels mainstream media are so biased against him it is the only way he can effectively get his messages out.
But what I don’t understand is why he would tweet comments like this one – which give his opponents an easily-justifiable open door to attack him as a self-proclaimed, above-the-law demigod.
Note to Donald Trump: sometimes it is better to just keep your mouth – or, in this case, typing fingers – silent. This was one of them. And it was neither the first nor, you being you, likely to be the last.
Think before you type. Don’t type until you think. That’s good advice. Too bad it is so unlikely you will take it.