As Trump’s presidency came to an end after four years of chaos, he made 73 pardons and 70 commutations during his final hours.
Among those being graced by Trump’s power of clemency are mostly allies, Trump supporters, and pop culture icons such as Bob Zangrillo. He was charged in the college admissions scandal for paying millions of dollars to get his daughter into USC. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2008, got a get out of jail card too. And let’s not forget Lil Wayne, and yes… Kodak Black.
If you don’t remember, late last year, Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon from over 10 years ago. I guess we could say that Lil Wayne played his cards right when he not only openly supported Trump’s 2020 campaign (Shuck and Jive, Shuck and Jive), but he spent time with No. 45 at the Doral Golf Club in Miami just days before the presidential election that Trump devastatingly lost.
Besides Trump using his presidential power to reward political loyalty and partisanship, here’s where I also have a problem. Trump took it upon himself to also commute Kodak Black or Bill Kapri’s two to seven year sentence, according to the New York Times, for lying on “ background paperwork” while trying to purchase guns.
To some it’s just a minor offense, but let me give you a brief rundown on why your favorite rapper from Florida shouldn’t have even been considered for presidential commutation. Back in 2019, Kodak Black was charged with first degree criminal sexual misconduct for raping a high school student and yes, the charges are still pending.
That’s what we’re doing now? At that point, Trump should’ve granted clemency to R. Kelly, too.
If Trump had any ounce of intelligence, which he has proven to have a lack thereof, he would’ve pardoned himself since he no longer has prosecutorial immunity for all of the crimes he committed during his joke of a presidency such as obstruction of justice, foreign interference in the elections, and inciting the Capitol riots by his klans of domestic terrorists and insurgents. Trump better try to get in Biden’s good graces for a presidential pardon himself.
By Jada Daniel, Sophomore, Beloit College