I'm not one hundred percent sure the article isn't mere clickbait, but Carli Pierson's article in the The Independent, titled Now Trump has lost the election, Pence could pardon him — but it’s Biden who should, has got to be the worst take I've seen all century. The premise of the article is that Biden should pardon Trump to keep him out of the limelight, thus preventing him from overshadowing the presidency.
Putting Trump on trial would not place him in the limelight, it would place him in the withering glare of scrutiny, something he has been able to avoid for five decades. Trump's crimes are manifest- collusion with hostile foreign governments, tax evasion, fraud, and a small matter of perhaps negligent (perhaps malignant) mass homicide verging on genocide. As a society, we cannot let Trump escape the consequences of his crimes... at the very least, we need investigations to determine just how extensive the damage he's caused to our nation.
The problems of our polity arise from not holding powerful persons accountable... By allowing the financial wizards who tanked the economy in 2008 to escape scot-free, we allowed them to keep exercising an undue influence on the world economy, making subsequent crashes more likely. By not going after the architects of the Iraq War, we allowed them to get away with engineering the deaths of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis... and they continued influencing politics in the Obama and Bush eras. By not going after the architects of the Iran-Contra affair, which funneled weapons to both Saddam Hussein and Central American death squads, we allowed those neocons to plan the Iraq War. So it goes, on and on, until we come to the failure to prosecute the leaders of the Confederacy, those traitors who continued their white supremacist policies, which damage our society to the present day.
Pardon Trump? Jesus, lady, we haven't even begun to figure out the depths of his corruption and depravity. By pardoning him, we set the stage for the next demagogue, itching for a white ethnostate, or some other flavor of fascism. Forgiving powerful malfeasors has gotten us into trouble for the past century and a half, it's time to hold these men accountable for their crimes.