Chomsky’s audacious request for Obama before he leaves office
Noam Chomsky wants President Obama to go far beyond what he’s done in issuing pardons.
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“President Obama, to his credit, has issued personal pardons in deserving cases, but he should go far beyond,” Chomsky stated.
On December 19, just weeks before leaving office, President Obama pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentences of 153 other prisoners. The recipients were all were all non-violent, low level drug offenders deserving of a second chance. In total, President Obama has pardoned 1,000 individuals since taking office; more than 50 times that of George W. Bush.
Chomsky then dared the president to set a new record.
“He should proceed to what is, in fact, an urgent necessity, to grant a general pardon to 11 million people who are living and working [in America], productive citizens… threatened with deportation by the incoming administration,” Chomsky insisted.
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