Trump's musing about an Ali pardon was blasted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who accused the president of "nothing more than grandstanding". "We're looking at them", Trump said, calling the power to pardon "a lovely thing".
Ali was convicted of draft evasion after he refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, and was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown. He lost his boxing licenses for three years until the New York Supreme Court ordered his licenses be reinstated in 1970.
Trump apparently seems to have forgotten that Ali's record is unsullied.
"He wasn't very popular then, he certainly is, his memory is very popular now", he said.
"I think the pardon should go to those who kneel, that's who should get the pardons, that would be putting it in the right perspective, in the right place", she explained.
"President Trump has spent much of his first 18 months in office degrading National Football League players who protest police brutality and racial injustice". He died in 2016 after a battle with Parkinson's disease. He was married four times and had nine children.
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He said, "Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?"
Besides criticizing Trump for offering something unnecessary, Sharpton said Trump's past "anti-Muslim and Islamophobic policies and rhetoric" were an affront to Ali's religion.
"There will be more pardons", he told reporters before leaving for the G7 Summit. We are looking at them. "And I felt that very strongly from Day 1".
"And some other, and some folks that have sentences that aren't fair", Trump added. The president has recently mooted pardons for lifestyle personality Martha Stewart and former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich.
Still, it's curious that Trump would consider Ali for a pardon at all.
"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary", said Ron Tweel, Ali's lawyer in a statement after Trump's comment.