The White House. Special to The Spoof. A week after pardoning Lt. Michael Behanna, who was convicted by an army court martial and sentenced to prison for 25 years for killing an unarmed Iraqi detainee, President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a pardon for William Calley, the only one convicted for the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
A pardon for Calley, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 22 Vietnamese civilians, would be in keeping with Trump's practice of granting absolution to those he believes were unjustly convicted long ago, such as boxer Jack Johnson, pardoned decades after his death. Calley is now 75.
While Calley was freed by a judge after serving only three years, Trump aides indicate the president believes Calley got a bad rap, since he was the only one tried in connection with the massacre. Aides say Trump wonders why none of the ranking officers were held responsible for issuing the orders that sent Calley into the village of My Lai.
"Calley was a scapegoat, " Trump tweeted this morning. "The generals got away by putting all the blame on him."
This would be Trump's tenth pardon.