Nikki Haley leans toward pardoning Trump if she becomes president

 January 20, 2024

One question that many of former President Donald Trump's GOP rivals have been asked is whether or not they'd consider pardoning him if elected president and had the power to do so, should he be convicted. 

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is the latest to weigh in on that subject, and to the surprise of some, she agreed that pardoning him would be beneficial for the nation.

According to Yahoo, Haley, during a recent CNN interview with Jake Tapper, explained why she believes pardoning a convicted Trump would be "healing."

Trump currently faces 91 charges among several state-level and federal indictments.

What did she say?

Haley told Tapper that she believes it would be bad for the country if Trump were to be convicted and "sitting in a jail cell."

She insisted that it would only further divide the country, which is the last thing America needs right, especially after Biden has already done a great job at that on his own.

"For me, the last thing we need is an 80-year-old president sitting in jail because that’s just going to further divide our country,” Haley told Tapper.

She added, "This is no longer about whether he’s innocent or guilty. This is about the fact: How do we bring the country back together?"

Haley was careful to clarify that she wouldn't preemptively pardon Trump, noting that she would rather see how "everything plays out."

Social media responds

Not surprisingly, Haley received mixed reactions to her leaning toward pardoning the former president if the scenario plays out.

"While that sounds awfully sweet of you, Nikki, that won’t be necessary. President Trump will reign as our next President come this November 2024," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "You won’t be in position to do that anyway. Plus remind me what you would be pardoning Trump for?"

Legal scholars and experts are still torn on whether or not the former president would actually be sentenced to jail if he's convicted on any of the charges. Only time will tell.

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