Phillip Stucky, DCNF
Rev. Jesse Jackson thinks that President Barack Obama should pardon former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a Thursday report by the Detroit Free Press.
“It would be a monumental moral mistake to pursue the indictment of Hillary Clinton,” Jackson said. Jackson added that it would be an important step in healing the divided nation.
“President Ford said we don’t need him for trophy. We need to move on. President Nixon wasn’t convicted of a crime. He didn’t apply for a pardon. (Ford) did it because he thought it would be best for the country,” Jackson argued.
“Hillary Clinton has not been tried, but there are those who want to drag her for the next three years. It will not stop until they find a reason to put her in jail. That would be a travesty,” Jackson concluded.
Jackson believes that Americans are afraid that fear and violence are here to stay, according to his remarks. “In this election, voters voted for fear. I think hope will defeat hate, but it’s a battle.”
Additionally, Jackson called on Trump to do his part to heal the divide, “The one who set the field afire must be the one to put it out,” Jackson told the Free Press. “He had the option to pour water on it (the dry field) and let it grow. He didn’t do that — he chose to light it on fire. One of my concerns is that we see the division in America now because of that. We see classmates, roommates in a conflict over the way the campaign turned out.”
Trump announced during the second general election debate that he intended to prosecute Clinton after he won the White House Nov. 8, a promise he first made in Febuary.
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