Donald Trump is considering preemptively pardoning his adult children, including Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, at a time when they have benefited massively from his presidency.
As MSNBC's Tiffany Cross pointed out on Saturday, there could be a link between Trump's pardons and the amount of money Ivanka and Jared have raised over the past four years.
"In the first year that Donald Trump was in office, Jared and Ivanka Kushner made over $ 80 million in office," Cross said. "The second year that increased to $ 135 million."
"Why could he try to pardon his children in his last days in office?" She asked. "I'm really excited to see how it all turns out."
Tiffany Cross says Trump's idea of apologizing for his children comes after Jared and Ivanka made amazing profits during his presidency. #amjoy pic.twitter.com/OaMyLRGJRi
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) December 5, 2020
Just want to remind the audience that during their first year in office, Jared and Ivanka Kushner made over $ 80 million in office. The second year that increased to $ 135 million. Why might he try to pardon his children in office in the last few days? And I'm really excited to see how it all turns out. Jason, you know we grew up in households like us to be suspicious of the system. Everyone around me keeps saying that the system will work. He will go. These people are the human embodiment of why we are so suspicious of a system that has routinely and historically and consistently harmed us. And so now we see the results of centuries of white supremacy that have elevated this very sub-par, simple, dumb man to the highest office in the country, as his first assignment in government as President of the United States, and here we get a grip on one global pandemic disproportionately harming black and brown people; and an increasingly troubled economy as those bread lines grow longer. And I should point out that at this point in his presidency he is also rushing through executions, federal executions. So I'm scared of what's to come. But I assume the war is not over yet. There are still battles to fight as he is the outgoing president, and I hope he will accept that at some point.
It will take years for the Trump swamp to drain
In 2016, Donald Trump promised he would drain the swamp of corruption in Washington DC if voters made him president.
For the past four years – and especially on the way to the door – Trump has filled that swamp to the brim.
In the latest scandal, the Justice Department is investigating whether money has been transferred to the White House as part of a pardon program.
While the country has seen the outgoing president and his friends – including his children – repeatedly abuse their offices over the past four years, it will likely be years before the swamp of corruption created by Donald Trump is completely drained.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.