Fox News doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with pardoning Roger Stone and there shouldn’t be any political consequences for excusing the coverup.
The Daily Beast captured anchor Harris Faulkner championing the pardon before Judge Amy Berman Jackson even passed down the sentence.
Co-host Carley Shimkus said that Trump has no choice but to pardon Stone as soon as possible because it’s such a “controversial decision.” The closer Trump gets to the November election, the worse it could be for Trump.
Faulkner said it would be in Trump’s “character” to pardon Stone quickly, but because he loves pardons so much. She explained it’s his only unilateral power. Typically, presidents wait until the end of their term to pardon friends or controversial people.
“All presidents can,” Faulkner explained.
Fox News commentator Marie Harf said that she was “outraged when any president pardons a personal friend,” claiming that is “inappropriate.”
“Why should there be? It’s a pardon. You said moments ago any president can do this,” Faulkner said.
“Because you shouldn’t pardon your friends!” Harf said.
“Either you can do it or you can’t,” Faulkner said. “Just because you don’t like it is one thing.”
But Harf’s point was that some presidents pay a political price for the pardons. Her question was whether or not they should pay any price for it.
Faulkner recalled Chelsea Manning, who was pardoned by President Barack Obama on his final day in office. Brian Kilmeade ranted that Manning hurt the country, inflicting “massive damage.”
“Did that offend you?” Faulkner asked Harf. “That’s my question for you. Because you said you are offended.”
Harf explained that it’s apples and oranges because the cases are so different. A better comparison would be when former President Bill Clinton gave donor Marc Rich clemency in 2001.
Conservatives complain that Stone is being persecuted, all the while Trump foes like James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan and James Clapper haven’t been charged with a crime. Trump’s appointed attorney general, Bill Barr, can choose who he wants for the department to investigate and prosecute, so if conservatives have a problem with inaction, they have a greater ability to lobby the president and Barr for action.
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Here’s how Christian Nationalists have shaped the federal government’s response to coronavirus
On Thursday, appearing on the Slate radio show "The Gist" with Mike Pesca, journalist Catherine Stewart outlined some of the ways the Christian Right is responsible for the federal government's disastrous response to coronavirus.
"The coronavirus pandemic is real wrath-of-God type stuff, isn't it?" said Pesca. "Well, there are some people who are waiting for this, who are ready for this, and who, quite scarily, have been tasked with the response."
"It's a complex question, and I think that Christian Nationalism, which is what we're dealing with here, is not a religion," said Stewart. "Many evangelicals are doing very positive things, many religious people are doing a lot of positive things in this situation with the coronavirus. But Christian Nationalism is not a religion, it's a political ideology that cloaks itself in religious rhetoric. And it's a movement that put Trump in power."
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"Reporting on the White House’s herky-jerky coronavirus response, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman has a quotation from Jared Kushner that should make all Americans, and particularly all New Yorkers, dizzy with terror," wrote Goldberg. "According to Sherman, when New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said that the state would need 30,000 ventilators at the apex of the coronavirus outbreak, Kushner decided that Cuomo was being alarmist. 'I have all this data about I.C.U. capacity,' Kushner reportedly said. 'I'm doing my own projections, and I've gotten a lot smarter about this. New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.'"
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But studies going back weeks or longer made clear people who show few or no symptoms are "shedding" more of the virus – spreading it – at a rate higher than some who are fully symptomatic.