Will Donald Trump pardon himself? Niece Mary says he might because he doesn't consider it an 'admission of guilt'
Mary Trump said 'Donald is somebody for whom winning is the only thing that matters. It doesn’t mean you need to win fairly, just by any means necessary'
Mary Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump's deceased elder brother, Fred Trump Jr. recently said in an interview that her uncle might try to pardon himself on his way out of the office not realizing that it actually made him seem guilty of the crimes that he had been accused of.
The 55-year-old author of the book, 'Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man' discussed the possibility of Trump pardoning himself while speaking to CNN's Don Lemon and whether "it would be beneath him" to follow through with it.
“Well, if he were a normal person, I suppose, but first of all, he probably doesn’t understand that a pardon is essentially an admission of guilt. And Donald is somebody for whom winning is the only thing that matters. It doesn’t mean you need to win fairly, just by any means necessary. Because he thinks he always deserves to win, cheating, lying, stealing are all perfectly legitimate means towards that end."
She then slammed her uncle as "delusional" adding that "it makes perfect sense if he’s willing to take credit for a stock market gain literally caused by the fact that Biden won." Earlier this month she said that Trump is "perfectly capable of pardoning himself. Or trying to,” admitting, "I have no doubt in my mind he’s going to toy with the idea of pre-pardoning people in his inner circle, even himself."
Her most recent comments came the president was heckled with cries of "will you pardon yourself?" as he pardoned White House turkeys ‘Corn' and 'Cob'. As he concluded the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reporters shouted out questions including "Pardons before leaving office. Will you be issuing a pardon for yourself," and "Mr. President, will you invite President-elect Biden?" The president and first lady Melania Trump walked away without taking any questions.
There have been speculations that Trump could try to pardon himself as a precautionary measure to cover the possibility of prosecution after he leaves office. Back in 2018, Trump wrote to Twitter: "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? In the meantime, the never-ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!" in the light of the impeachment talks going on at the time as the president's possible abuse of power and his links to Russian interference in the 2016 election was probed.
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? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2018
After highlighting time and again that her uncle was a man of poor character and integrity throughout her book, on November 8, she took to Twitter to share a very succinct message: "To America. Thanks, guys." She sported a Biden-Harris campaign hat and held up a glass of champagne to toast the victory. Prior to that, she had predicted the fact that her uncle was not going to concede the race. In a piece in The Guardian, she wrote, "He's [Donald Trump] not going to concede, although who cares. What's worse is he's not going to engage in the normal activities that guarantee a peaceful transition. All he's got now is breaking stuff, and he's going to do that with a vengeance. I've always known how cruel he can be."