Alice Johnson, who was convicted in 1996 and sentenced to life in prison for her involvement in a drug trafficking organization, had her conviction commuted by President Trump in 2018. Kim Kardashian was among those pushing for a commutation of Johnson’s sentence.
The New York Post has reported that Johnson was put away for life under a Joe Biden-sponsored bill in the 1990s.
On the final night of the Republican convention, Johnson gave an eloquent speech in support of Trump, but Politico took this approach:
Alice Johnson, a key player in Trump’s criminal justice reform push, delivered her RNC address tonight.
She’s been propped up as one of the most prominent beneficiaries of the terms of the First Step Act. Kim Kardashian played a role in her prison releasehttps://t.co/tPyezt8iQP
— POLITICO (@politico) August 28, 2020
Wait, “propped up”? That’s one way to spin it.
Y'all deserve the ratio on this one. https://t.co/VrpFbcmYm5
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) August 28, 2020
They really do.
Propped up? What does that mean? https://t.co/HQoPSU982U
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) August 28, 2020
Tell us how you really feel about Black women, why don't ya! https://t.co/j7eg4VBQ1r
— Melik Abdul (@MelikAbdul_) August 28, 2020
Anybody that would use "Propped up" as a description of someone with Alice's background and life can't say they are a real journalist outfit with a straight face.
— Johnny Wishbone (@JWishbon3) August 28, 2020
Did you miss what she said?
— Reaganette (@Ezinger44) August 28, 2020
Politico views black people as props https://t.co/SmW8cAsBUk
— Charles Thiccens (@Thiccarium) August 28, 2020
Comments like this is why #FakeNews trends daily. ?
— ????? ?? ??? ????? ✞ (@tarafdavis) August 28, 2020
This is incredibly insulting to a strong black woman who has fought her way back to help others..
— Cali Girl?To?Okie (@GooseGanderMom) August 28, 2020
If you missed it, here’s Alice Johnson’s speech: