Trump Calls For Commutation Of Ross Ulbricht’s Sentence In Libertarian Convention Speech

President Trump plans to call for the sentence of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht to be commuted his speech at the Libertarian Party convention Saturday evening, The National Pulse has learned.

Ulbricht is serving double life sentences plus 40 years without parole for his involvement in the dark web marketplace, which facilitated anonymous transactions, some involving illegal goods, frequently using Bitcoin. Many convention delegates are displaying “FREE ROSS” signs in anticipation of Trump’s remarks.

The 45th president’s appearance at the convention has generated both excitement and skepticism among Libertarian delegates. As he took the stage, the crowd greeted him with a mix of cheers and jeers, with many raising their “Free Ross” banners.

Trump tailored his speech to Libertarian talking points, undeterred by the boos. He strategically timed key announcements, like promising to appoint a Libertarian to his cabinet, to quell some of the booing.

Recognizing the importance of freeing Ulbricht to the Libertarian crowd, Trump built to his biggest pledge: “If you vote for me, I will free Ross Ulbricht.” The declaration transformed the previously jeering audience into a cheering one.

By offering to give Libertarians what they want most in exchange for their votes, Trump demonstrated his deal-making prowess in real time. The ball is now in the Libertarians’ court to decide if they will accept Trump’s quid pro quo.