- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Actor Isaiah Washington tweeted praise for President Trump and criticism of former President Barack Obama after he visited the White House on Monday for an event celebrating the First Step Act.

Mr. Washington said the sweeping criminal justice reform legislation signed by Mr. Trump in December was the first step in ending mass incarceration. The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star added that he was never “given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda” during the Obama administration.

“I voted for 44 twice,” he tweeted Monday. “I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand. 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.”

“Those who know, know that I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. I will work w/h anyone as long as things get done,” he added in another tweet.

The First Step Act, which is widely supported by both Republicans and Democrats, aims to improve rehabilitation programs for former inmates and give judges more leeway in sentencing offenders for nonviolent crimes.



Mr. Trump held a ceremony in the East Room on Monday dedicating April as First Step Month and announcing a “Second Step Act” that will focus on “successful re-entry and reduce unemployment for Americans with past criminal records.”

Mr. Washington attended the ceremony and tweeted photos and videos of the event. In a tweet tagging the president, the actor urged him to also consider slavery reparations.

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