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All roads lead to…..McCain?

Posted by on | May 26, 2018 | No Comments

Arizona Republic McSkews the news

When the Roman Empire was the center of Western civilization, the saying “All roads lead to Rome,” had real meaning. All of the empire’s roads radiated out from the capital city of  Rome, facilitating trade and enabling the movement of the massive Roman armies.

Those who still subscribe to the Arizona Republic newspaper — which includes an anorexic version of its Gannett-owned cousin USA Today — folded inside, can be forgiven for thinking all roads lead to John McCain.

He is the centerpiece of countless articles, editorials and slavish regurgitations in the daily. Friday the newspaper outdid itself in the absurd department. The headline blasts, “McCain scores win with pardon of boxer.”

The story relates to President Donald Trump’s posthumous pardon of Jack Johnson — the son of former slaves — who became the first black heavyweight boxing champion in 1908. He was later charged and convicted of transporting his white girlfriend, who later became his wife, across state lines for “immoral purposes,” a violation of the Mann Act.

Acting at the urging of Sylvester Stallone, President Trump granted the rare posthumous pardon, stating, “I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that happened in our history, It’s about time.”

During the Oval Office remarks, the president introduced Linda Bell Haywood, the maternal great-great niece of Jack Johnson. She said, “The most important person that decided to do this is sitting here to my left: President Trump.”

The USA Today article refers to the price Johnson paid for his racially motivated conviction. His boxing career was in shambles after his 10-month imprisonment. It mentions Stallone’s movie portrayal of fictional  boxer “Rocky.” It relates that Stallone stood among real life heavyweights as the White House ceremony took place. John McCain’s name is not in the article.

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