President Donald Trump on Monday morning asserted that he can pardon himself if he’s ever indicted — and despite all of his antics, Twitter was shocked.
“As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” the president tweeted.
As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2018
“This is where we are,” radio host Mike Signorile tweeted. “It’s called dictatorship. Do not forget it.”
“I have the right to pardon myself.”
This is where we are.
It’s called dictatorship.
Do not forget it. https://t.co/tOnDvJs6qS
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) June 4, 2018
CNN’s Keith Boykin, meanwhile, noted how “unprecedented” the claim was.
“Even Nixon didn’t try to pardon himself,” Boykin wrote.
Trump says he has "the absolute right to PARDON myself." This is unprecedented. Even Nixon didn't try to pardon himself. https://t.co/Oaoaz8QYzV
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 4, 2018
Check out more responses below:
It's truly incredible that some people can look around and believe NFL players kneeling during the national anthem is a threat to this country and not, say, a criminal for a president prepared to pardon himself. Racism is one powerful drug, apparently.
— Danielle Campoamor (@DCampoamor) June 4, 2018
Pretty sure we created this country to get away from kings. Nobody is above the law. NOBODY. https://t.co/kpnxg7RRDj
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) June 4, 2018
Donald. Writing it that big makes it look like you've just belched in the middle of the tweet. https://t.co/iR8e8k9SwP
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) June 4, 2018
Holy fuckballs. He just actually said it out loud. There is absolutely NOT a consensus on this notion that a president can pardon HIMSELF. A president is not above the law! Jesus christ on a cracker!! https://t.co/z8I62iwa7B
— Erin Mc (@ErinNYC75) June 4, 2018
Trump's 500 Days messages so far today:
– I've accomplished a lot
– The economy is great
– I almost repealed Obamacare but John McCain is bad
– I can definitely pardon myself
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 4, 2018
***exactly*** the message Republican campaign leaders want to hear as the president celebrates 500 days in office… https://t.co/Xej4WQSu3M
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) June 4, 2018
A sitting president, currently under investigation for high crimes, is trying to normalize the insane idea of a self-pardon.
This. Is. Not. Normal. https://t.co/0BC7aoFyc2
— Translate Trump (@TranslateRealDT) June 4, 2018
— Rabbi Josh Yuter (@JYuter) June 4, 2018
Bill Clinton still thinks he’s the victim in the Lewinsky affair and Trump says he can pardon himself. Quite a way to start the week.
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) June 4, 2018
And there you have it, folks.
The 45th President of the United States believes he is above the law. https://t.co/Ew5vhxHFPe
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) June 4, 2018
This seems to be Trump’s new case:
• "I have done nothing wrong"
• Therefore, charges against me would be false
• I was unfairly targeted for political reasons (like, say, D’Souza) and a pardon would be the only justifiable way to right this wrong
Happy 500 days, everyone. pic.twitter.com/FepfvyluXC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 4, 2018
— Jacob Gil (@jacob4kids) June 4, 2018
The "numerous legal scholars" include:
— Rudy Giuliani
— Lionel Hutz
— A couple ambulance-chasers from Queens
— Lionel Hutzhttps://t.co/4yy5adElcW
— John Schindler (@20committee) June 4, 2018
I AM ABOVE THE LAW, says illegitimate tyrant. https://t.co/2qqWUZZZFL
— #MarchForTruth (@MarchForTruth17) June 4, 2018
All you need to know about the shattered little pieces of Trump’s life: the word “pardon” is trending, and he’s the one who made it happen.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) June 4, 2018