I cannot possibly emphasize this enough. Pardons are not normal!
There are many of us in the legal community who strongly believed that the pardon process has been underused in the criminal justice system, with president Obama just starting to scratch the surface by doing thousands at a time, of a certain “class” of criminal, in his case, non-violent drug offenders who had served long sentences already.
But it is not normal, nor should it ever be normal, for a president to be commenting on criminal cases. It is especially not normal for a president to be commenting and acting upon cases involving his personal campaign! That is outrageous.
Now, however, Trump has “normalized” the pardon process – through talking about it, and getting personally involved in pardon cases, such that the OANN reporter Chanel Rion can do a “push question,” or one meant to imply that there are criminal charges against “President Obama” in relation to the “Obamagate.” Moreover, someone had to “get back” at Biden who said “no, that he would not be pardoning Donald Trump.”
None of this is normal, and it is indicative of just how far we’ve fallen as a government of laws, not “men.”
We live in the dumbest time in human history. https://t.co/FHvo1mUs6t 
— Spiro Agnew’s Ghost (@SpiroAgnewGhost) May 22, 2020 
No, it’s not “dumb,” this is planned. She didn’t come up with that question on her own. She is not a member of the White House Correspondents Association which normally will designate who attends each press conference. This was a planted question because Kaleigh McEnany was ready with a slideshow.
Holy shit. McEnany takes a Q from ultra-sycophantic OAN about whether Trump has considering pardoning Obama "for illegally wiretapping" him. (That didn't happen.) McEnany uses it as an opportunity to attack the press for not covering Obamagate & then abruptly ends the briefing. pic.twitter.com/Ce4UDXgakk 
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020 
Americans are furious:
Even for this wh/ this is bonkers https://t.co/u00r2IJUzE 
— jim manley (@jamespmanley) May 22, 2020 
Of course McEnany had the slide show ready to go.
These are actual boot-licking State TV operations. https://t.co/4Mf7cJx4kR 
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) May 22, 2020 
Trump's campaign spokeswoman, now pretending to be the White House @PressSec , just lectured reporters for not answering a list of questions she demanded they ask Obama about an imaginary scandal. How can networks continue to air propaganda blasts disguised as press conferences? https://t.co/RQEonWWuIE 
— Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) May 22, 2020 
Things are getting worse by the day.https://t.co/7FtYAkua5S 
— Cody Conners (@evoli) May 22, 2020 
This was so incredibly bad I'm damn near tweetless — but not quite.
It's an unprecedented attack on a former president, coordinated with OAN.
I believe it is time for Obama, Biden, Rice, Yates and everyone named in these bullshit smears to hit back publicly and *hard*. https://t.co/GvRboSuKPp 
— Bob Geiger (@GeigerNews) May 22, 2020 
Of all of Trump's stupid re-election strategies, going after Obama has got to be the dumbest. Sure, his base hates Obama, but his base will be with him regardless. Obama is very popular among independents https://t.co/5MGPwBKVKY 
— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) May 22, 2020 
The United States absolutely cannot afford another four more years with Donald Trump as its President. https://t.co/l5wvBp5a27 
— Ｓｅａｎ Ｚｅｖｒａｎ (@SeanZevran) May 22, 2020