Republican presidential nominee and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has refused to commit to pardoning former President Donald Trump if he wins the White House in 2024.
Hutchinson, who is a critic of the former president and polling at 1% said it was wrong of his fellow GOP candidates to commit to pardoning Trump.
“Despite the pledge of Haley and DeSantis to pardon Donald Trump, I will not make that commitment,” Hutchinson announced this week. “It is wrong to promise pardons to score political points and it undermines the principle of equal justice.”
Despite the pledge of Haley and DeSantis to pardon Donald Trump, I will not make that commitment. It is wrong to promise pardons to score political points and it undermines the principle of equal justice.
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) January 1, 2024
Trump is facing four indictments and could spend the rest of his life in jail if found guilty of the charges. Other GOP candidates, including Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, have all expressed their desires to pardon the former president if they win in 2024.
Haley, in a town hall meeting last month, was asked by a young child if she was willing to pardon the former president. Haley said she would, adding that pardoning Trump was the right move for the country.
“I would pardon Trump. And the reason is, first of all, we don’t know what they’re going to find — innocent, guilty, any of that, and we want everybody to be innocent until proven guilty,” Haley said. “But the second thing is, if he is found guilty, a leader needs to think about what’s in the best interest of the country. What’s in the best interest of the country is not to have an 80-year-old man sitting in jail, that continues to divide our country. What’s in the best interest of the country would be to pardon him so that we can move on as a country and no longer talk about him.”
Ramaswamy, who was the first GOP candidate to commit to pardoning the former president, challenged his Republican rivals to do the same.
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DeSantis, in a recent campaign event, said pardoning Trump would be good for the country’s unity.
“I think we got to move on as a country and, you know, like Ford did to Nixon, because the divisions are just not in the country’s interest,” DeSantis explained.