Former "Grey's Anatomy" actor Isaiah Washington is nothing but grateful that President Donald Trump extended an invitation to the White House in order to celebrate the First Step Act.
The House passed the First Step Act — a criminal justice and prison reform bill — in December after a 358-36 vote. The Senate approved the bill 87-12. The act relaxes mandatory minimum sentences while providing training programs for inmates in federal prisons in an effort to reduce the recidivism rate.
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Trump announced that the month of April would be First Step Act Month during Monday's 2019 Prison Reform Summit in the East Room, which Washington and other entertainers attended.
Washington shared a tweet about the visit, writing, "I voted for 44 [Obama] twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone [Sierra Leone] 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."
I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another c… https://t.co/V4KMoxYb4d— Isaiah Washington (@Isaiah Washington)1554138349.0
In subsequent tweets, the entertainer lauded Trump's accomplishments.
He wrote, "@realDonaldTrump you freed 3,000 Federal Prisoners, got 16,000 in drug rehabilitation programs and now you just need to deliver #Reparations2020 #FirstStepAct."
He also shared photos of himself at the event, and captioned the tweet, "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. The #FirstStepAct was passed on December 21, 2018 w/h the hard work of @JessyMichele @LouislReed @VanJones68 and @cut_50 I'm proud to stand with them all today."
.@realDonaldTrump you freed 3,000 Federal Prisoners, got 16,000 in drug rehabilitation programs and now you just ne… https://t.co/tQDfi1R3Rh— Isaiah Washington (@Isaiah Washington)1554175054.0
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. Th… https://t.co/pkx6aFsveL— Isaiah Washington (@Isaiah Washington)1554138745.0
During Monday's celebration, Trump took a swipe at former President Bill Clinton's criminal justice reform policies, which Trump said were devastating to many African-Americans.
"Finally," he said according to the Washington Examiner, "the law rolls back provisions of the 1994 Clinton crime law that was so devastating to so many, and that disproportionately impacted the African-American community."
"Nobody believes how much, and now they understand it," he added. "In less than four months more than 500 people with unfair sentences have been released from prison and are free to begin a new life."
"I'm thrilled to report that since I've signed the First Step Act, more than 16,000 inmates have already enrolled in drug treatment programs," the president added. "And my administration intends to fully fund and implement this historic law."