President Donald Trump has made no effort to keep his thoughts on the trial of his former advisor, Roger Stone, a secret.
Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, obstructing justice, and threatening a witness last year. When prosecutors recommended a seven to nine year prison sentence, Trump fumed on Twitter and the Justice Department subsequently overrode the opinion of its prosecutors, who resigned in response.
Today, Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for his crimes, leading everyone to ask: Will Trump pardon one of his most vocal allies?
The vocal Trump-supporting Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was asked that question on The View, and his answer flabbergasted even Conservative co-host Meghan McCain.
Gaetz said that Trump should, in fact, pardon Stone, to which McCain responded through laughter:
"Oh, come on, Congressman. Come on. Come on, he's the swampiest swamp creature!"
Gaetz went on to mention people pardoned by Clinton in the 90s and then railed against the double standard to which he believes Stone's been held.
This week Trump pardoned or commuted the sentences of 11 felons, including former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, leading some to believe that he's likely to pardon Stone as well, despite the cringeworthy optics.
Speaking of cringeworthy, people didn't take warmly to Gaetz's appearance on The View.
Matt Gaetz being himself on #TheView even Meghan McCain is rolling her eyes I think Whoopi might actually knock hi… https://t.co/j9ZsX2C9hY— Darrell Bear (@Darrell Bear) 1582216727.0
LMAO. @mattgaetz @RepMattGaetz has got to be one of the most ill-prepared, unread, ignorant blow hards the show has… https://t.co/QMmL8HD5ip— James G. Snider (@James G. Snider) 1582233867.0
Nope! I'm not going to be able to listen to this clown @mattgaetz too much longer. His is so annoying. Why do they… https://t.co/x5aaDnopSe— Ms. Tasha (@Ms. Tasha) 1582216873.0
And I’m OUT!! Not gonna waste my time listening to this ass... He’s hostile, smug, corrupt, and Trump’s favorite as… https://t.co/LoBMO622X4— DMB. #GLOVES OFF (@DMB. #GLOVES OFF) 1582216847.0
@mattgaetz entire appearance on #TheView to Trump. https://t.co/050YH8AkL2— Big-shouldered Broad🌊 (@Big-shouldered Broad🌊) 1582218230.0
Matt Gaetz just said that Roger Stone deserved to be pardoned. At this point, just cancel the whole segment. I'm do… https://t.co/WJLQuDa3f2— Bernie's Angina is the New BirtherGate (@Bernie's Angina is the New BirtherGate) 1582216792.0
@RepMattGaetz Poor Matt got laughed at and got his ass handed to him as well, even Meghan McCain laughed at the little boy.— Microfreek (@Microfreek) 1582227811.0
Like Roger Stone, Gaetz has had his own problems with intimidating witnesses in the past.
Ladies Who Punch, the inside story of The View, is available here.