Trump retweets message saying Obama pardoned 'a traitor'

President Trump on Monday retweeted a post from a conservative journalist criticizing President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden to debate for first time as front-runner John Kerry: Play based on Mueller report is 'an act of public service' Obama photographed alongside Clooney on boat in Italy MORE, incorrectly, of pardoning Chelsea Manning.

Obama in January commuted Manning's 35-year prison sentence in January, 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 former 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.

Pavlich, a columnist for The Hill, was referencing Obama’s commutations of the sentences for Manning and Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Manning leaked classified information to WikiLeaks, and Rivera was a member of the Puerto Rican nationalist group Armed Forces of National Liberation that was responsible for many bombing deaths in the U.S.

Obama did not pardon either, but did commute their sentences. Manning served seven years and Rivera served 35 before being released.

Trump on Monday also retweeted a message from conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, who shared a Washington Post story about anti-fascist groups attacking far-right group members in Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday.

“Finally, as if by accident, the Washington Post breaks down & admits the truth about where the violence is coming from,” D’Souza tweeted, including the Post’s headline of “Black-clad antifa attack peaceful right wing demonstrators in Berkeley.”

D'Souza pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign laws in 2014 and was convicted of a felony.

Trump also retweeted a quote by Mother Theresa.

“No color, no religion, no nationality should come between us, we are all children of God. — Mother Teresa,” said the tweet he shared.