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'Fox & Friends' Hosts Criticized For Fawning Over Convicted War Criminal Who Was Pardoned By Trump

'Fox & Friends' Hosts Criticized For Fawning Over Convicted War Criminal Who Was Pardoned By Trump

In 2013, Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance was tried and found guilty of second-degree murder after ordering his men to fire on three innocent men in Afghanistan.

He was sentenced to 19 years in prison for his war crimes.

Going against his own Department of Defense, President Trump went out of his way to pardon Lorance last week. The convicted murderer then promptly appeared on Fox and Friends, where the show's famously Trump-supporting hosts showered him with praise.

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The show's hosts, Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Pete Hegseth couldn't hide their excitement at seeing the war criminal.

Earhardt said:

"Thank you for serving our country. God bless. We wish you all the best in your future."

Hegseth previously lobbied President Trump to release Lorance from prison.

Trump also issued pardons for Army Maj. Mathew Golsteyn and Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, both of whom had been accused of war crimes including the alleged murder of a prisoner of war.

Lorance toldFox and Friends:

"I'm so happy to be an American. A soldier or service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock 'em down."

He also delivered a message directly to President Trump:

"I love you, sir. You're awesome. I wish you had a better team around you. You need more people watching your back, and I think you don't have a lot of that."

Lorance also responded to his critics, including the Department of Defense who CNN reports asked Trump not to "intervene in the military justice system by dismissing charges or changing the sentences of service members accused of war crimes."

In the former prisoner's words, the Pentagon "threw him under the bus."

Trump reportedly spoke with Lorance on the phone earlier this week.

The President said his pardons would leave "a lot of people irritated," but that it didn't matter to him. The nine members of Lorance's platoon who testified against him also didn't appear to matter to the President either.

Lorance loved this.

"That's what I want in my commander in chief. The military justice system is completely broken."

Hegsheth signed off on the segment by saying:

"This has been a group fight. We're grateful you spent your first opportunity here at 'Fox & Friends.'"