Saturday, September 18, 2021

Isaiah Washington Praises Trump for First Step Act, Slams Obama for Not Supporting the ‘Black Agenda’

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Isaiah Washington attends the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
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*Former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington has praised Donald Trump for his support of the First Step Act, while also criticizing former President Obama for not taking action with “the Black Agenda.”

As reported by The Blaze, the actor was invited to D.C. to celebrate the legislation and hear calls for additional reform, which he noted in a tweet on Monday, is something Obama never did.

“I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand,” Washington wrote. “Not once in 8 years was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda, but 45 invites me to the WH to celebrate the #FirstStepAct.”

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In follow-up tweets, the actor noted that the bill is the first step to “end mass incarceration.” He then called for Trump to “deliver reparations in 2020.”

The House passed the criminal justice and prison reform bill in December after a 358-36 vote. The First Step Act eases mandatory minimum sentences while providing training programs for federal inmates in order to reduce the recidivism rate.

Isaiah also noted that Trump “freed 3,000 Federal Prisoners” and “got 16,000 in drug rehabilitation programs.”

He then shared photos of himself at the White House event on April 2 and captioned the tweet, “Those who know, know that I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. I will work w/h anyone as long as things get done. The #FirstStepAct was passed on December 21, 2018 w/h the hard work of @JessyMichele @LouislReed @VanJones68 and @cut_50 I’m proud to stand with them all today.”

Trump, meanwhile, recently took a swipe at former President Bill Clinton’s criminal justice reform policies.

“Finally,” he said according to the Washington Examiner, “the law rolls back provisions of the 1994 Clinton crime law that was so devastating to so many, and that disproportionately impacted the African-American community.”

“Nobody believes how much, and now they understand it,” he added. “In less than four months more than 500 people with unfair sentences have been released from prison and are free to begin a new life.”

He added, “I’m thrilled to report that since I’ve signed the First Step Act, more than 16,000 inmates have already enrolled in drug treatment programs. And my administration intends to fully fund and implement this historic law.”

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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