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Roger Stone's commutation "Historic, Unprecedented Corruption"

I think at this point, regardless of your politics, we can all agree that the times when the president's words and actions cause a great uproar have passed.  Donald Trump has successfully frayed our collective nerves to the point where they are becoming numb to the constant, never-ending barrage of willful ignorance, belligerent stupidity and deep incompetence the likes of which the office has never seen before.  What we are witnessing now is the slow-motion burn of what is quickly becoming the worst disaster in United States history.  No matter how much he tries to wish it away, the virus couldn't possibly care less about what any of us think or feel about it.  The virus is the virus and it will do what viruses do until there is a cure or a vaccine to prevent infection.  With that said, the image below should demonstrate quite clearly how Donald Trump has completely dropped the ball on this.

Above: The utter and complete failure of the Trump Administration to control the the virus is depicted

And now, in the wake of such a colossal failure of leadership; after having spent February, March and April of 2020 saying that the virus would just "fade away like magic" or that we could treat it with Lysol "by injection" or perhaps by shining a "bright light into the body cavity" of Covid-19 patients, after failing to implement the Defense Production Act to produce medical supplies and equipment fast enough to stay ahead of the demand, we are in the situation depicted in the chart above.

You would think that this would not be the best time to be doing things that might draw negative attention and/or scrutiny from people in the government that were not appointed by His Highness, but you'd be forgetting that we're dealing with a person who has no conscience because he's a sociopath. He also has no shame because he's a demagogue.  Since we elected him in 2016 he's openly pondered and even declared in a tweet that he had the "absolute right" to pardon himself if he were ever convicted of any federal crimes while seated as President of the United States.  So it should come as no surprise to anyone with a functioning brain that Donald Trump chose Friday, July 10, 2020 to issue a commutation of the 40-month prison sentence his longtime political guru, Roger Stone, was issued in 2019 for witness tampering and perjury.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Robert Mueller made his opinion on the topic quite clear when he wrote, in part, "Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."  

In a story reported by NPR: "An American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president," Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, tweeted Saturday morning, describing the move as "unprecedented, historic corruption."

In a development that was absolutely stunning one, only 1 other Republican in the Senate disagreed with the president's actions.  That Senator was Pat Toomey, the junior Senator from Pennsylvania said,  “While I understand the frustration with the badly flawed Russia-collusion investigation, in my view, commuting Roger Stone’s sentence is a mistake. He was duly convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction of a congressional investigation conducted by a Republican-led committee.”

Toomey also noted that Attorney General William Barr earlier this week called the prosecution of Stone “righteous” and said his prison sentence of three years and four months was “fair.”

But none of that stopped Trump from commuting the sentence anyway because let's be honest, folks, the President of the United States really doesn't give a shit what anyone thinks about anything he does.  He never has and he never will.  

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