Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich praised Donald Trump upon leaving prison Tuesday evening, thanking the president for granting him clemency despite political differences.

Blagovich, who was a contestant on Trump’s hit TV show The Celebrity Apprentice, was among 11 people granted clemency by the president Tuesday, including former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, who was convicted in 1998 of extortion, and former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik, convicted on tax fraud charges in 2010.

“I want to express our most profound & everlasting gratitude to President Trump. He didn’t have to do this. He is a Republican president; I was a Democrat Governor and my fellow democrats don’t treat him very good,” Blagojevich said in an interview.

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