DeSantis Says He’d Pardon Trump: ‘Already Said That Long Ago’ | EUROtoday

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is now promising that if he’s elected president in 2024, he’ll pardon Donald Trump if the previous president, who’s going through 91 felony prices in 4 indictments, has been convicted.

The Republican presidential candidate, throughout a cease Friday in Iowa, declared that he “already said that long ago” when questioned about whether or not he’d pardon the Republican nomination’s front-runner.

“I think we’ve got to move on as a country and, you know, like Ford did to Nixon, because the divisions are not in the country’s interest,” stated DeSantis, including that he “said that months ago” when requested about pardoning the previous president.

A DeSantis marketing campaign spokesperson responded merely “Correct” when requested by NBC News on Saturday to make clear if the Florida governor was committing to granting Trump a presidential pardon.

DeSantis’ latest remarks concerning the former president arrive months after he was requested whether or not he’d have a look at doubtlessly pardoning Trump supporters convicted within the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol and Trump himself, whose prices embody trying to overturn the 2020 election and mishandling categorized paperwork taken from the White House when he left workplace.

“On day one, I will have folks that will get together and look at all these cases, who are people, who are victims of weaponization or political targeting, and we will be aggressive at issuing pardons,” he stated in May on “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show,” a right-wing discuss radio program.

“I would say any example of disfavored treatment based on politics or weaponization would be included in that review, no matter how small or how big,” he stated on the radio present.

In July, he stated on “The Megyn Kelly Show” that he’s “going to do what’s right for the country,” including that he didn’t suppose it’d be “good for the country to have an almost 80-year-old former president go to prison.”

“It doesn’t seem like it would be a good thing,” he continued, citing a pardon choice he deemed a historic mistake.

“And I look at, like, you know, Ford pardoned Nixon, took some heat for it, but at the end of the day, it’s like, do we want to move forward as a country?” Gerald Ford, who had been been Nixon’s vice chairman, pardoned him after Nixon resigned in 1974 amid the Watergate investigation, elevating Ford to the presidency.

Other 2024 Republican candidates have additionally weighed in on the pardon query, together with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who sided with doing “what’s in the best interest of the country,” and Ohio biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who vowed he would pardon Trump as a primary act as president.