Trump floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali

Trump floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali

"There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed", Tweel said in a statement sent to United States media.

Ali refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, declaring himself a conscientious objector. He was stripped of his World Boxing Association heavyweight title, his passport and all his boxing licenses. Trump would have been around 21 when Ali's conviction was in the news, so he likely remembers the uproar it caused.

"The pardons are a very positive things for a president", Trump said.

Former world boxing champion Muhammad Ali signs for the pupils in the 1st Experimental Elementary School of Beijing on February 25, 1993 when he is invited as a guest for the Beijing International Boxing Champions Meet. The conviction cost him more than three prime years of his career, but he returned to the ring triumphantly.

It is not a stretch to see a direct line between Ali's activism and that of people like Colin Kaepernick, who did not face prosecution but has certainly faced consequences for his decision to kneel during the National Anthem before NFL games. He died in 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was married four times and had nine children. "I am looking at Muhammad Ali", he said, before saying he wants to pardon people who aren't famous too. Heel spurs did not appear on his record of health in December 2015. Now, it looks like Trump is going on a pardoning spree.

"No, I'm not thinking about OJ", he told reporters. They never called me n--r, they never lynched me, they didn't put no dogs on me, they didn't rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father.

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"I was very focused".

"And some other, and some folks that have sentences that aren't fair", Trump added. So, as Khalilah Ali pointed out, "There's no necessary need for a pardon".

In a statement earlier, Tweel said that although he appreciated Trump's sentiment, a "pardon is unnecessary".

President Donald Trump said Friday he may grant a pardon to the late heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who doesn't seem to need one.

A pardon does not technically erase a conviction; it is an expression of forgiveness from the president that, in most cases, serves to undo the punishment and help the recipient of the pardon restore rights, such as the right to vote.

And clearly, pardons have been on Trump's mind. He called pardoning power "a attractive thing", and may be considering as many as 3,000 pardons, Fox News reports.

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