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Did Trump Just ‘Rope-a-Dope’ Obama into NOT Pardoning Hillary? One Prominent Backer Thinks So.

Hillary Clinton via Evan El-Amin/ShutterstockThe surprising announcement on Tuesday morning that President-elect Donald Trump won’t pursue charges against Hillary Clinton led some major publications to act as though there is near universal revolt among Trump’s stanchest supporters.  While it is undeniably true that some Trump supporters were caught off guard by the decision, not all are truly upset.  In fact, one of the most outspoken Trump backers, Bill Mitchell, a well-known radio host, is actually praising Trump’s decision. He contends this actually might have “just rope-a-doped Obama into not pardoning Hillary.”

During an appearance Tuesday morning on Morning Joe, top Trump transition team aide Kellyanne Conway told the panel Donald Trump was focused on moving “beyond the issues of the campaign” and suggested that strategy did not prioritize the prosecution of Hillary Clinton.

“I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest and trustworthy,” Conway told the Morning Joe panel, “but if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing.”

Conway also suggested fellow Republicans would fall in line, saying this type of announcement from the Republican President-elect “sends a very strong message tone and content to the members” of the party.

The surprising announcement is already leading major publications, including The New York Times, to write articles suggesting Trump is backing away from a major campaign promise and angering supporters in the process.  Judging by The Times report, one gets the impression that Republicans may not just fall in line as Conway suggested.

A tweet from Ann Coulter is prominently featured at the top of the article, in which she expresses her frustration:

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch also put out a strong statement saying Trump must commit to an “independent investigation of the very serious Clinton national security, email, and pay-to-play scandals.”  The failure to do so would be “a betrayal of his promise to the American people to ‘drain the swamp’ of out-of-control corruption in Washington, DC.”

However, as previously mentioned, one of the most outspoken Trump supporters, Bill Mitchell, seems to completely disagree with the criticisms of Trump’s decision. In fact, he suggested the “knee jerk” reactions completely missed the bigger picture:

He further explained he reasoning in a series of additional tweets:

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