Our dumpster fire of a president has pardoned two OR arsonists who also threatened to kill federal officials, abused their nephew and illegally ran cattle on a national wildlife refuge.
The White House noted Dwight Hammond is now 76 years old and has served approximately three years in prison.
Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of OR, who lobbied the White House for the pardon of the Hammonds, said Trump's decision was "a win for justice, and an acknowledgement of our unique way of life in the high desert, rural West".
The Hammond pardons have garnered attention from conservation groups calling Trump's action "dangerous".
However, in October 2015, a federal appeals court ordered them to be resentenced to the mandatory minimum.
This is a very distinct and selective version of the "law and order" he campaigned on, but one that holds enormous appeal to the only people President Trump really cares about: his base. Trump's pardon will set them free.
In the May 2017 documentary, American Patriot: Inside the Armed Uprising Against the Federal Government, FRONTLINE investigated how the story of the Hammonds inspired Ammon Bundy to lead a month-long takeover of a federal wildlife preserve that divided the local community, and would ultimately end with one occupier being killed by law enforcement.
Their case spurred outrage in ranching communities across the West, with critics slamming the federal government for their aggressive tactics.
A jury convicted the pair of starting the 2001 Hardie-Hammond Fire that burned 139 acres of BLM land. Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, a key protester according to The Chicago Tribune, was fatally shot on January 26 by Oregon State Police.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who represents the area that includes the Hammonds' ranch, cheered Trump's pardon as a win against federal overreach.
"Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency", the statement read.
"Pardoning the Hammonds sends a unsafe message to America's park rangers, wildland firefighters, law enforcement officers, and public lands managers", Rokala said in a statement.
"If the Hammonds are jailed for unintentionally losing control of a backfire, so should BLM agents, whose gross mismanagement causes death and destruction every summer", she said. The Hammonds could have faced less than a year in prison under a plea offer they declined, she said.
News media outlets in the state - including the Oregonian - have published editorials advocating for a presidential pardon, seeking clemency for the two men.
"The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in OR imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land".