President Trump on Monday retweeted a post from a Fox News commentator criticizing President Barack Obama, incorrectly, of pardoning Chelsea Manning, calling the former marine “a traitor.”
Before leaving office in January, Obama commuted Manning’s 35-year prison sentence, but did not grant a pardon.
The tweet was posted by Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich, who was responding to a tweet from former Obama national security adviser Ben Rhodes that was critical of Trump’s pardon Friday of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Rhodes wrote Friday that “Obama used his pardon and commutation power to give a second chance to people who deserved empathy, not racists who showed none.”
“Your boss pardoned a traitor who gave U.S. enemies state secrets, he also pardoned a terrorist who killed Americans. Spare us the lecture,” Pavlich responded in a Sunday tweet that was retweeted Monday morning by Trump.
Your boss pardoned a traitor who gave U.S. enemies state secrets, he also pardoned a terrorist who killed Americans. Spare us the lecture. https://t.co/90jZcPXYqx
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 27, 2017
Pavlich was referencing Obama’s commutations of the sentences for Manning and Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Obama did not pardon either. Instead, he commuted their sentences after they had served a long time in prison. Manning served seven years and Rivera served 35 years in prison before being released.
Arpaio, however, has not spent one day in jail, and he was pardoned.
Twitter users were quick to set the record straight.
Obama used his pardon and commutation power to give a second chance to people who deserved empathy, not racists who showed none. https://t.co/KXhBQk5MHu
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) August 26, 2017
You do know that he did not pardon Manning, right?
— Vlad Khanin (@porcupunk) August 27, 2017
Oscar Lopez Rivera. But of course, he wasn't pardoned. His sentence was commuted after the Rule of Law put him in prison for 35 years.
— Brook Buxton (@brookbuxton) August 28, 2017
Katie makes up alt facts as she goes #fakenews
— Karel Jaros (@kareljaros) August 28, 2017
Please learn the facts before going to tweeter. Obama did not pardon Manning. He commuted her sentence, of which she had served 7 years.
— H.Kazemi (@hbkazemi33) August 27, 2017