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 June 2, 2024

Democrat Dean Phillips Urges New York Governor To Grant Trump Pardon To Avoid Catastrophe

Amid ongoing political turbulence, Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota has called for a pardon for former President Donald Trump by New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

The Guardian reported that Phillips suggests that pardoning Trump, who faces conviction over 2016 election-related charges, could heal national divisions.

On Friday, via the social media platform X, Phillips, a Democratic U.S. Representative, advocated for clemency for Trump following his conviction of multiple felonies. This unexpected move comes as Phillips prepares to leave office.

Trump was found guilty on Thursday of 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal hush-money payments intended to impact the 2016 Presidential election outcome.

The conviction quickly became a fundraising catalyst for Trump, with his campaign announcing a record-breaking $53 million raised post-verdict.

Phillips' Controversial Pardon Plea

Phillips described Trump in harsh terms, labeling him a "serial liar, cheater, and philanderer," among other things. Despite these strong words, he argued that pardoning Trump would serve the national interest.

"You think pardoning is stupid? Making him a martyr over a payment to a porn star is stupid. It’s energizing his base, generating record sums of campaign cash, and will likely result in an electoral boost," Phillips commented on social media, stressing the political pragmatism behind his suggestion.

His call for pardon—framed as a preventative measure against further division—has sparked debates across the political spectrum.

In response to Trump's conviction, Governor Kathy Hochul reaffirmed the supremacy of law in New York. "Today’s verdict reaffirms that no one is above the law," she stated, underscoring her commitment to legal processes and standards.

Hochul elaborated on the legal framework: "In the state of New York, if you commit a crime, and there’s evidence to demonstrate that you have met the standards of being arrested and brought to trial, then their verdict must hold. And that’s exactly how the rule of law has always prevailed in our country. And this is no different," she explained.

This stance places her in direct opposition to the pardon suggestion, highlighting a potential conflict within the Democratic Party's approach to Trump's legal consequences.

Security Concerns Over Trump's Potential Imprisonment

Adding to the complexity of the situation, Michael Cohen, Trump's former fixer, expressed concerns over Trump's ability to maintain secrecy if incarcerated. "My concern is in a prison situation … He’s willing to give away the secrets, as I always say, for beggar tuna or a book of stamps, and he will do it because he doesn’t care," Cohen warned.

This statement from Cohen suggests that Trump's imprisonment could pose national security risks, a point that further complicates the public debate over his potential pardon.

The interplay of legal standards, political calculations, and security considerations forms a complex backdrop to Phillips' pardon appeal.

As Trump's legal battles continue to unfold, the responses from various political figures reveal a nation deeply divided over how to reconcile respect for the rule of law with the potential benefits of political unity suggested by Phillips.

The implications of Phillips' proposal extend far beyond the legal ramifications for Trump, touching on the very principles that govern political forgiveness and justice in America.

How this issue will be resolved remains uncertain, but it is clear that the debate over Trump’s pardon will continue to influence U.S. politics for the foreseeable future.


In conclusion, the call by Dean Phillips for Governor Kathy Hochul to pardon Donald Trump represents a significant, albeit controversial, intervention in ongoing national disputes over justice and political strategy.

This proposal highlights the tensions within the Democratic Party and raises critical questions about the balance between justice and political expediency. The debate over Trump's conviction and potential pardon reflects broader concerns about governance, law, and national security in the United States.

Written By:
Christina Davie

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