According to a report President Donald Trump views his passing of the First Step Act as a total dud.
When President Donald Trump huddled with campaign aides in the late spring to discuss his bid for reelection, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told his father-in-law he should highlight last year’s historic passage of the First Step Act — a sweeping criminal justice reform bill that eluded previous administrations and has earned celebrity support.
Kushner reiterated the positive selling points of that bill during the Oval Office meeting as Trump campaign officials and White House aides ticked through the president’s achievements, wondering which would resonate most with his adoring base. But Trump wasn’t interested and told Kushner he didn’t think his core voters would care much about a bipartisan deal for which he’s since accused Democrats of trying to steal credit.
“It was clear he thinks it’s a total dud,” said a person familiar with the meeting. “He made it abundantly clear he doesn’t think it’s worth talking about.”
Kushner, whose own father spent more than a year in federal prison, worked closely with Democratic and Republican senators to get the criminal justice reform bill over the finish line last year — often telling his tough-on-crime boss it was worth expending political capital to seize a rare opportunity to overcome the deeply partisan divide on Capitol Hill and solidify his image as a pragmatic deal-maker.
But now, Trump “is telling people he’s mad” at how criminal justice reform has panned out, according to a person close to the president. “He’s really mad that he did it. He’s saying that he’s furious at Jared because Jared is telling him he’s going to get all these votes of all these felons.”
A White House official called this nonsense:
In response to this story, a White House official said, “This false premise is another convoluted contradictory, media-manufactured joke. The president is clearly proud of all of his record-setting accomplishments — including the landmark bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform that data shows will save money, reduce crime and make communities safer.”
However, even those in the Trump Administration attacked this idea:
A Trump administration official provided Tucker Carlson with the following data on what crimes were committed by the felons who have been released so far under the First Step Act:
-239 Sex Offenses
-59 Homicide Aggravated Assault pic.twitter.com/nBFPo2gQCs
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 23, 2019
We covered how dangerous the First Step Act can be:
I really have no clue if this report from Politico can be believed or not. There is certainly members of the Trump administration who would like to make up claims attacking the First Step Act. At the same time, there is no question President Trump has plenty to be mad about regarding the First Step Act. He is now wide open from attack if someone becomes a repeat offender. He also has gotten no love from the left. Democrats have long called for Criminal Justice Reform. They have all failed. President Trump didn’t fail yet he is still getting no credit for it.
I’ll be keeping my eyes open and seeing just how much President Trump talks about the First Step Act during the 2020 election cycle.
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