Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, convicted years ago of corruption but released Tuesday after having his sentenced commuted by President Donald Trump, revealed his gratitude for the decision in his first interview following his release from a Denver-area Federal prison, labeling himself a newly minted “Trumpocrat.”
President Trump is the one who did this and I’m profoundly grateful,” Blagojevich told reporters while waiting for a flight home to Chicago, Illinois, Tuesday night. “He’s got, obviously, a big fan in me, and if you’re asking me what my party affiliation is, I’m a Trumpocrat.”
“He didn’t have to do this. He’s a Republican president; I was a Democratic governor,” Blagojevich added. “My fellow Democrats have not been very kind to him. In fact, they’ve been very unkind to him.”
Blagojevich served eight years of a fourteen year prison sentence he earned for trying to sell then-President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. Blagojevich — or “Blago” as he is affectionately known — was captured on tape by the FBI offering to trade favors for the honor of being appointed to succeed Obama, and calling the seat a “f***ing golden” thing that he would not simply give away for free.