On Friday, grant a posthumous pardon to Muhammad Ali. The legendary boxer’s ex-wife has publicly objected the idea, insisting Trump should use this power on individuals who are still living.
“There’s no necessary need for a pardon,” Khalilah Ali told her late ex-husband, to whom she was with from 1967 to 1976, didn’t need a presidential pardon, as the Supreme Court overturned his conviction for resisting the draft in 1971.
She went on to say that if POTUS truly cared about her ex-husband’s principles and his right to stand up for what he believed in, then he should “pardon” the NFL athletes whom he has publicly criticized for protesting during the National Anthem.
“I think the pardon should go to those who kneel. That’s who should get the pardon,” Khalilah said. “That would be putting it in the right perspective and the right place […] If you’re willing to say it’s OK for Muhammad Ali to be pardoned for his freedom and standing up his rights and standing up for not going to the army and standing up for freedom, then you’re telling me that you’re ready to pardon everybody that has done that in the same manner as Muhammad Ali has.”