Actor Isaiah Washington thanks Trump for support of black agenda. ‘Not once in 8 years’ did Obama help.

Actor Isaiah Washington tipped his hat to President Donald Trump in gratitude while slamming former President Obama for offering him no support in eight years “regarding Africa or the Black Agenda.”

Washington applauded Trump’s criminal justice reform efforts and the First Step Act, which was passed by Congress last year, in a tweet sharing that he was invited to the White House for the “First Step Act Celebration.”

“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,” the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star tweeted Monday. “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.”

The actor noted that the bill is the first step to “end mass incarceration” in follow up tweets thanking those who worked to get the First Step Act passed.

The bill, which passed with strong bipartisan support, allowed judges more discretion in sentencing drug offenders, increased opportunities for prison rehab programs and expanded early-release programs.

Trump spoke at the event from East Room on Monday hosting about 300 guests, including some convicted felons.

According to The New York Times:

The East Room celebration capped a day of events dedicated to overhauling the criminal justice system, an issue that agencies across the government have been asked to elevate.

The labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, participated in a panel on work force development. Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, led a session about prisoner re-entry. Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, weighed in at a session dealing with incarcerated women. Kim Kardashian, the reality TV star, was even invited to participate in the panels and the party, but could not attend.

 

Washington shared some videos from the event on Twitter as well.

The actor ended his day’s recap with a call for Trump to deliver reparations in 2020.

Twitter users agreed with Washington’s view that Trump put politics aside to get important things done while Obama never delivered.

“As president, I pledged to work with both parties for the good of the whole nation,” Trump told the audience at the celebration, adding that “my administration intends to fully fund and implement this historic law.”

“Our country can achieve amazing breakthroughs when we put politics aside and put the interests of all Americans first,” Trump said.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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