Former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, couldn’t be happier with President Trump for being part of the president’s “Pardon-Palooza” this week.
While speaking at a Colorado airport Tuesday night, Blago said the president has got a big fan in him and called himself a “Trump-o-crat.” He also said he is going to fight against the corrupt criminal justice system, which he believes all too often persecutes and prosecutes people who did nothing wrong.
Blagojevich acknowledged the president didn’t have to commute his sentence and called out his fellow Democrats for being unkind to the president.
“He didn’t have to do this. He’s a Republican president; I was a Democratic governor. My fellow Democrats have not been very kind to him. They’ve, in fact, they’ve been very unkind to him. What he did was, I think, something that deserves a great amount of appreciation on my part personally. He has from me my deepest, most profound and everlasting gratitude.”
The former governor had been more than halfway through serving a 14 year sentence in federal prison before the president’s action earlier this week. President Trump took to Twitter to state that “Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat” and called it yet another (James) “Comey and gang deal.”
On Tuesday, February 18, President Trump issued pardons to 11 federal offenders – including Blagojevich, which commuted their sentences and expunged their records.