Today, President Donald J. Trump commuted the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, an action encouraged by bipartisan leaders from across the political spectrum, from Nancy Pelosi to Orrin Hatch.
That’s how the White House began it’s announcement of the first commutation of the Donald Trump Presidency. But nowhere in that announcement was any mention of the fact that this commutation goes to one of those infamous few whose avarice was so unchecked as to rate a starring turn on television’s chronicle of the most selfish of the selfish, American Greed.
The march 23rd, 2011 episode of CNBC’s hit show, hosted by Stacey Keach, went in depth into charges of animal cruelty, exploiting child labor and illegal immigrants, and more. All of which also is unmentioned in the White House press release about the commutation – which did mention the money laundering for which Rubashskin was convicted.
Rubashkin “previously ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the country’s largest kosher meat-processing company,” the press release continues. But no mention is made of the historic immigration raid which opens the episode of American Greed. That raid saw 20% of the population of Postville Iowa, immigrants working illegally at Rubashkin’s slaughterhouse, deported by the Obama Administration. But remind me again which President was soft on illegal immigrants taking American jobs?
Rubaskin’s 27 sentence was handed down In 2009, following his conviction for bank fraud connected a financial shell game which the 6 year old American Greed episode covers better than most of the mainstream media is today. Something which the White House press release laments with one of Trump’s favorite fallacious arguments, “many people” – technically known as the logical fallacy “ad populum”, the ridiculous suggestion that just because you asset “many people” are saying something, it’s automatically true. “Mr. Rubashkin has now served more than 8 years of that sentence,” the release touts, setting up the fallacy, “which many have called excessive in light of its disparity with sentences imposed for similar crimes.”
Something the prosecutor who put Rubaskin behind bars, disputed some time ago.
According to the White House, “The President’s review of Mr. Rubashkin’s case and commutation decision were based on expressions of support from Members of Congress and a broad cross-section of the legal community”. If that’s the case, the President’s review must not have included the prosecutor who tried the case, and obviously didn’t include switching from Fox News, to CNBC. But if YOU want to see the full American Greed episode, “The Slaughterhouse”, you can watch it for free courtesy of Hulu.
Instead, it seems very likely that the release had a lot more to do with the fact that the Rubashkin case had become a cause celeb in the Orthodox Jewish community, which is celebrating the release of Rubashkin.
Watch Rubashkin’s first moments of freedom: