President Trump Tuesday endorsed the “First Step Act,” a measure that would overhaul sentencing laws and disproportionately benefit African Americans, and while the press dutifully reported on it, no one in the MSM that I saw presented the move as perhaps belying claims that Trump is a racist.
And it’s mostly not highlighted in on news websites this morning. The New York Times does have it near the top but mentions Trump’s role almost in passing. Axios suggested Trump was dragged kicking and screaming into supporting the proposal.
Trump said during an event at the White House:
Today, I’m thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time. So important . . .
And we’re all better off when former inmates can receive and reenter society as law-abiding, productive citizens. And thanks to our booming economy, they now have a chance at more opportunities than they’ve ever had before. It is true. Our economy is so strong, that when people are getting out of jail, they’re actually able to find jobs.
And I have three instances of companies that hired people coming out of prison, and they are so thrilled by the performance of these people. And now they’re doing it more and more and more. And a lot of people are seeing this. It’s great . . .
Our pledge to hire American includes those leaving prison and looking for a very fresh start — new job, new life.
In polite society, you can’t say Trump does anything beneficial for black people. No matter that he supports sentencing reform and regularly meets with African American groups. But if Trump reacts poorly to three African American reporters, two of whom asked questions that focused on the idea that he and Republicans are allegedly racists, that gets tons of press.
One person on the left, Van Jones, gave Trump some credit. I kind of like Van Jones. He’s very liberal, but he’s smart, he seems to actually care about issues at least as much as he cares about promoting himself, and he’s an iconoclast, not always in line with the MSM herd of sheep.