When a federal judge sentenced Paul Manafort to 47 months in prison for financial crimes uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia, the overriding reaction on the left appeared to be dismay over the likelihood that 69-year-old Manafort will not die in prison.
Leading the charge was Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a candidate for president.
The hypocrite claims to be an advocate for criminal justice reform, but he slammed Manafort’s sentence during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” saying he was “ticked off” about it.
This prompted stinging criticism from former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, now an advocate for prison reform after serving three years in a minimum-security prison for tax fraud and lying to officials.
“Honestly, it makes me sick, especially Cory Booker,” Kerik said of the criticism of Manafort’s sentence. “I worked with him for the last five years on trying to get these bills past. And every meeting, everything we’ve done, first-time non-violent offenders should not go to prison for life or extended time.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Kerik said alternative sentencing should be considered.
“And then to hear him talk today like Paul Manafort should go to prison for 19 to 24 years, whatever the recommendation was, it’s BS. It’s completely hypocritical and just makes me sick,” he added.
Of course, Booker was not the only one disappointed that Manafort didn’t get a long sentence that assures he never again breathes free air in his life.
The cabal that hates President Donald Trump with a passion forgets its liberal creed of tolerance and forgiveness when it comes to anything that they think may reflect badly on Trump.
MSNBC’s Eddie Glaude Jr. said the light sentence shows “white people with money matter more than others.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough attacked the judge, suggesting he’s a Trump fanatic.
“He actually sounded like somebody at the Trump rally from the bench,” he opined. “Given the length of time that Paul Manafort created, or engaged in these crimes and given the fact that he did it at the highest levels of government and given that actually it could be argued that it damaged American democracy, how in the world could this judge go so far below the guidelines?”
Here’s a montage from Grabien of liberals who are devastated that Manafort won’t die in prison:
As Carlson noted in opening Friday’s show, the attitude toward Manafort may not be far from how the anti-Trump crowd sees any of the president’s supporters.
Either way, the objective with Manafort was clear, according to the Fox New host.
“Paul Manafort must die. That’s what they’re demanding,” Carlson suggested. “Robert Mueller agrees with them. Mueller asked that Manafort receive up to 24 years in prison. For perspective, that is more than twice the average murderer in this country spends behind bars. That’s a death sentence. Keep in mind that serial murderer Al Capone only got 11 years for charges similar.”
Carlson also reminded his viewers what this is really all about.
“Is there a single person in America who believes that Manafort would be going to jail if he hadn’t run Donald Trump’s presidential campaign?” he asked. “Everyone in Washington knows that. There’s a lot of Republicans who are grateful they didn’t take the job.”
He also said the judge in the case accurately noted Manafort was “not before this court for not having anything to do with collusion with the Russian government.”
Carlson grilled Democratic activist and Fox News contributor Chris Hahn over Manafort’s sentence.
“Are you with the ghouls on MSNBC and CNN and the U.S. Congress that are shocked he won’t die in prison? Which he may. He’s going to be 70. What’s your position?” he asked.
And while Hahn appeared to not endorse long sentences, there was a “but,” that being explained below.
“There’s still another round of sentencing for him. I think that Manafort was working for bad people and he was the connection to Russia in this last campaign,” he said. “I don’t have any formal proof of that, but I do believe it.”
Watch the full exchange below:
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