The Daily Beast reports:
Of the nine senior Trump administration officials, campaign staff, outside advisers, and longtime associates of the president reached on Thursday, all said that they wanted Flynn to assume some public-facing role, including potentially as an official Trump surrogate. One even compared the ex-general, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials, to one of history’s greatest human rights icons.
“Years ago when Nelson Mandela came to America after years of political persecution he was treated like a rock star by Americans,” John McLaughlin, one of President Trump’s chief pollsters, told The Daily Beast on Thursday evening. “Now after over three years of political persecution General Flynn is our rock star. A big difference is that he was persecuted in America.”
Michael Flynn is not Nelson Mandela.
📌Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison opposing a racist regime in South Africa.
📌Michael Flynn never served a day in prison even after he admitted he broke the law in service of a racist regime in America.https://t.co/0pDJ6Dc23r
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 8, 2020
Comparing Flynn to Nelson Mandela is like comparing a lockdown protester to Rosa Parks. Like comparing Trump to Lincoln. Just absolutely disgusting in every way.
— Rob needs sci-fi 🚀 (@daltonator) May 8, 2020