In a press release from Oct. 17, 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump pledged to “drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.” He then tweeted: “I will Make Our Government Honest Again — believe me. But first, I’m going to have to #DrainTheSwamp.”
Fast forward to this afternoon when President Trump granted pardons or commutations to 11 convicted felons, including Michael Milken, the disgraced former junk bond king who waged a decades-long campaign for a pardon, in a mass clemency that expanded the president’s interventions in judicial matters since his Senate impeachment acquittal.
Trump also commuted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentence, who has served eight years of a 14-year prison term. He was found guilty of trying to sell an open U.S. Senate seat that had been held by Barack Obama.
Trump also told reporters that he had not ruled out pardoning his longtime friend Roger Stone, who is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Thursday.
While discussing the mass clemency on Tuesday, Fox News hosts Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld issued a rare rebuke of the president.
“He tried to sell a senate seat and then got caught,” Waters noted, before telling viewers that Trump likely pardoned Blagojevich because he appeared on NBC’s “The Apprentice” in 2009, a reality TV show then hosted by Trump.
“I think he probably got his sentence commuted because he was on Celebrity Apprentice,” Waters said. “Everybody knows it was probably a personal connection.”
“This doesn’t fit the mission of draining the swamp,” Gutfeld said. “Blago was one of the worst kind of swamp rats. He was selling a seat. And we did that story here…we talked about what a crook he was and how bad it was.”
“I would prefer to see other people more deserving of commutation,” he added.
Even Jesse Watters admits that Rod Blagojevich probably "got his sentence commuted because he was on Celebrity Apprentice” while Greg Gutfeld adds that "this doesn’t fit the mission of draining the swamp" since Blago was "one of the worst kind of swamp rats." pic.twitter.com/ogORB5f3H7
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 18, 2020