Trump Gets High Praise On Criminal Justice From CNN

President Donald Trump’s role in helping pass a prison reform bill in the Senate was so significant that CNN and Democrats are showering him with praise.

During a segment on CNN’s “Newsroom,” co-hosts Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow praised the president and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, for playing a big role in getting the First Step Act passed in the Senate this month.

“So many people & administrations have pushed for [criminal justice reform] and it’s the Trump administration that got it,” Harlow said.

“The endorsement from the president was ultimately a key step that helped convince others to support the bill and get [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell to bring it to the floor for a vote,” Jeremy Diamond said.

“Activists under former administrations, including the Obama administrations, tried for years to push this bill through,” Diamond added, noting that it was the Trump administration that got it done.

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Several top Democrats have praised Trump for supporting the bill and playing a key role in getting it over a major hurdle in Congress.

Here’s what Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said:

“Last night’s coalition, I’ve never seen anything like this. I think we are now changing the national conversation when it comes to the issues involving the drug war [and] incarceration. The conversation is changing.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., had a similar response:

“There was just a feeling in the chamber that we’ve had in the past, but haven’t had in a long time.”

“What the best part of the night for me was that it wasn’t Democrats fighting [Sen.] Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) over amendments, it was [Sen.] Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) going up there able to fight them down.”

Even CNN’s Van Jones was thrilled with the bill passing in the Senate:

“If you believe in human beings, the most beautiful thing possible just happened and I hope people can see that and I hope people can celebrate that.”

“I’m going to piss off my liberal friends, but you know what made a difference? Donald J. Trump finally said enough is enough.”

The First Step Act bill passed the Senate on Tuesday by a margin of 87-12.

Among other things, the bill will allow up to 4,000 nonviolent criminals to be released early from prison, allow more inmates to serve on house arrest or at halfway homes, and give judges more discretion in giving less than the mandatory minimum for certain low-level crimes.

The bill will go back to the House for a vote, where it is also expected to pass. Then, it will go to Trump’s desk for signature, where it will be signed into law.

Amazing to see that the Obama administration could not pass the bill, but a Republican-controlled White House and Congress got it done.


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