Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Trump considers pardoning Muhammad Ali

Trump considers pardoning Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali's family have said that they don't want Donald Trump to posthumously pardon him for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. "He wasn't very popular then", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn as he prepared to leave for Quebec for the Group of Seven summit.

Ali was convicted of draft evasion and lost his heavyweight champion title in 1967.

"The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 197", Tweel wrote.

Trump told reporters that the legendary boxer is just one of 3,000 names he's considering pardoning, because "many of those names really have been treated unfairly".

Asked if he will pardon former campaign aides such as Paul Manafort, indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump said, "They haven't been convicted of anything". He added, "The pardons are a very positive things for a president".

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Ali never went to prison and in 1971 the Supreme Court overturned his conviction.

"We heard what he was contemplating and it needed a response", he said. And in January 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned those who broke Selective Service laws in the Vietnam era.

Trump and Ali had a complicated relationship before Ali died 2016. Ali, who converted to Islam in 1964, cited his religious beliefs, but his local draft board rejected his application for conscientious objector classification.

Still, it's curious that Trump would consider Ali for a pardon at all.

For Trump, Kardashian's support of Johnson was key, given the President's penchant for considering the pardoning of celebrities like Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, also a former TV personality. The existence of the list was reported shortly after Trump pardoned a grandmother serving a life sentence whose cause Kim Kardiahian West had championed.

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