Watch Trump as he begins pardoning people.
Right and left.
In an almost random, indiscriminate way.
Many of the pardons will be questionable.
Many will be...just hard to understand.
Yes, there will be a silent chorus among the pundits:
“What is this one about?”
“That guy is a democrat!”
“Was she a friend of his?”
“What is he doing?
We are so queued-up these days to seize upon his political or psychological motivations.
But I’ll tell you what he’s doing with these pardons:
He is MESSAGING
And the message is:
“See what I’ll do if you convict anyone associated with me!
See what a waste of time it is going after us!
See the power I have!
See how I can overturn justice!
See how I can fuck with you and your Department of Justice!
See that I am beyond the reach of the law!
Remember how Ford pardoned Nixon?
He is trying to intimidate and deflate the process of justice.