If Trump doesn’t pardon Assange, he can fuck right the hell off. By not pardoning Assange, Trump impunes his personal character with the stain of Deep State complicity. I’ve always regarded Trump as mostly fraudulent and his ardent, evangelical supporters as more or less useful idiots who refuse to acknowledge Trump’s agnosticism. Trump’s refusal to pardon Assange, and their refusal to be outraged by it, would confirm, beyond any doubt, my instincts. However, if Trump surprises me and pardons Assange, I will celebrate him as champion of the republic.