This week, Donald Trump announced the First Step Act which will cut sentences for thousands of current federal prisoners to a room full of invited criminal justice reform supporters including one actor risking his reputation to praise Trump.
Actor Isaiah Washington's face in the crowd is recognizable to anyone who has watched him on the hit series Grey's Anatomy or The 100. I was surprised to see him there. While there are dozens of known conservative actors, Washington calls himself neither “Democratic or a Republican.”
Washington tweeted that while he voted for Barack Obama twice, he was given no support by the former president on Africa or the “Black Agenda”... and that it was Trump who chose to invite him to the White House. Washington has spent the last decade lobbying the White House regardless of its occupants on behalf of Sierra Leone.
The #FirstStepAct is part of Trump's planned criminal justice reform and will soon be followed by a Second Step Act aimed at reducing unemployment for people with criminal records.