Who was the President elected to protect?

President Donald J. Trump is allegedly attempting to ensure the safety of his family and close friends after leaving the White House by seeking preemptive pardons for three of his children – Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric – his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani.

The five pardons would absolve these people of any of their alleged federal crimes but still allow them to be persecuted on the state and local level. Some alleged illegal activity includes tax evasion, colluding with Russia during the 2016 election, lying to the FBI, and more, according to the Associated Press.

Some have even alleged that the President may try to pardon himself. Trump said in a June 2018 tweet, “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to pardon myself.” 

This would not be the first time we have seen a president be pardoned for alleged crimes as President Richard Nixon was pardoned by President Gerald R. Ford in 1974 for his alleged illegal activities during the Watergate scandal.

However, it would be the first time in U.S. history a president attempted to grant himself a pardon. 

According to the Associated Press, “Advocates and lawyers anticipate a flurry of clemency action from President Donald Trump in the coming weeks that could test the limits of presidential pardon power.” 

A presidential pardon would exempt the alleged criminal from being prosecuted at the federal level, or would absolve them of a federal crime for which they were previously convicted. 

However, they could still be prosecuted at the state and local levels. 

By devoting his final days in the White House to self-preservation, Trump’s actions are representative of what his entire presidency has stood for: himself.

Rather than focusing on the needs of the American people, Trump is instead allegedly focusing his efforts on trying to cover up his family’s proverbial illegal tracks. 

The President seems to have forgotten we are in the midst of not only a global pandemic, but a severe economic downturn even though he still has two months left in office.

Over 274,000 individuals have died in the United States from COVID-19 and on Dec. 3, for the first time, COVID-19 deaths reached over 3,100 in a single day, breaking the highest number of deaths in a single day set last spring, according to the Associated Press. 

Yet, all we see from the President’s Twitter account is retweets of articles from unreliable and far-right sources and continued claims of voter fraud. 

Now, as United States Attorney General William Barr reveals there is no evidence of fraud that would change the result of the election, Trump has turned his back on his country and once again made a mockery of the democratic process. 

Instead of respecting Barr’s findings, Trump attacked Barr and has falsely claimed that his own attorney general did not look into the alleged election fraud thoroughly. 

As Trump’s days in office quickly dwindle, he should be using his final weeks as president to rehabilitate his image and address the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Americans deserve a president who works toward ensuring a smooth transition of power and is concerned about the safety of the American people. 

Instead, Donald Trump is a president who cares more about his image than the lives lost every day to the pandemic. 

Trump needs to limit the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing a national mask mandate across the 50 states rather than spending countless days tweeting from golf courses. 

What is essential right now is attempting to unite the country. However, it seems Trump wants to leave this country more divided than it was before he took office. 

The American people deserve a president who puts citizens first.

Not his friends.

Not his family members.

And especially not himself.

President Donald J. Trump is allegedly attempting to ensure the safety of his family and close friends after leaving the White House by seeking preemptive pardons for three of his children – Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric – his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani.

The five pardons would absolve these people of any of their alleged federal crimes but still allow them to be persecuted on the state and local level. Some alleged illegal activity includes tax evasion, colluding with Russia during the 2016 election, lying to the FBI, and more, according to the Associated Press.

Some have even alleged that the President may try to pardon himself. Trump said in a June 2018 tweet, “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to pardon myself.” 

This would not be the first time we have seen a president be pardoned for alleged crimes as President Richard Nixon was pardoned by President Gerald R. Ford in 1974 for his alleged illegal activities during the Watergate scandal.

However, it would be the first time in U.S. history a president attempted to grant himself a pardon. 

According to the Associated Press, “Advocates and lawyers anticipate a flurry of clemency action from President Donald Trump in the coming weeks that could test the limits of presidential pardon power.” 

A presidential pardon would exempt the alleged criminal from being prosecuted at the federal level, or would absolve them of a federal crime for which they were previously convicted. 

However, they could still be prosecuted at the state and local levels. 

By devoting his final days in the White House to self-preservation, Trump’s actions are representative of what his entire presidency has stood for: himself.

Rather than focusing on the needs of the American people, Trump is instead allegedly focusing his efforts on trying to cover up his family’s proverbial illegal tracks. 

The President seems to have forgotten we are in the midst of not only a global pandemic, but a severe economic downturn even though he still has two months left in office.

Over 274,000 individuals have died in the United States from COVID-19 and on Dec. 3, for the first time, COVID-19 deaths reached over 3,100 in a single day, breaking the highest number of deaths in a single day set last spring, according to the Associated Press. 

Yet, all we see from the President’s Twitter account is retweets of articles from unreliable and far-right sources and continued claims of voter fraud. 

Now, as United States Attorney General William Barr reveals there is no evidence of fraud that would change the result of the election, Trump has turned his back on his country and once again made a mockery of the democratic process. 

Instead of respecting Barr’s findings, Trump attacked Barr and has falsely claimed that his own attorney general did not look into the alleged election fraud thoroughly. 

As Trump’s days in office quickly dwindle, he should be using his final weeks as president to rehabilitate his image and address the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Americans deserve a president who works toward ensuring a smooth transition of power and is concerned about the safety of the American people. 

Instead, Donald Trump is a president who cares more about his image than the lives lost every day to the pandemic. 

Trump needs to limit the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing a national mask mandate across the 50 states rather than spending countless days tweeting from golf courses. 

What is essential right now is attempting to unite the country. However, it seems Trump wants to leave this country more divided than it was before he took office. 

The American people deserve a president who puts citizens first.

Not his friends.

Not his family members.

And especially not himself.