Far-left activist and comedian Chelsea Handler made a bold assumption after President Donald Trump granted clemency to eleven people on Tuesday, suggesting her social media followers "notice what color" all of the "criminals" are.
But Handler herself appears not to have read past the headlines, and the Twittersphere was happy to enlighten her as to the fact that there was quite a bit of diversity in the group of people who received either a pardon or a commutation of their sentence from the president earlier in the day.
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President Trump issued pardons to seven individuals and commuted the sentences of four others on Tuesday, and several of them were high-profile — even controversial. The media, in turn, highlighted the release of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the pardons of former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, financier Michael Milken, and former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.
While the notable names dominated the presses, one critic accused President Trump of granting favors to "crooks" with his executive actions. CNN's Chris Cuomo tweeted that President Trump "just pardoned only elites."
But several outlets took the time to reveal all eleven people who were soon to either reunite with their families or have their records wiped clean thanks to the president. Evidently, Ms. Handler did not read any such coverage.
"While our president exonerates criminals and releases them from jail, notice what color they all are," Handler tweeted, apparently ignorant of the fact that a number of women of color were pardoned or freed thanks to President Trump's actions on Tuesday.
"I've noticed a lot of them are black! What are you trying to say, Chelsea?" replied conservative writer and media analyst Mark Dice.
@chelseahandler I've noticed a lot of them are black! What are you trying to say, Chelsea?— Mark Dice (@Mark Dice)1582086002.0
Director and producer Robby Starbuck took the time to educate Handler further, tweeting pictures of three of the women impacted with the message, "Chelsea, This is @theangiestanton, Tynice Hall & Crystal Munoz. All were granted commuted sentences or a full pardon. He did 11 commutations or pardons today. Out of 11, 7 looked white (63%). Whites (including white Hispanics) account for 77% of the population. You're ignorant."
@chelseahandler Chelsea, This is @theangiestanton, Tynice Hall & Crystal Munoz. All were granted commuted sentence… https://t.co/giwzAkMWJg— Robby Starbuck (@Robby Starbuck)1582086318.0
One of the nonviolent offenders pardoned by President Trump, Angela Stanton-King, even weighed in herself, telling Handler, "I'm BLACK."
I’m BLACK ☝🏽 https://t.co/eIZblVKpWM— Angela Stanton-King (@Angela Stanton-King)1582080477.0
Others on social media reminded Handler that President Trump pushed for and signed into law the bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation, the First Step Act.
Senior Trump 2020 adviser Katrina Pierson pointed out that according to criminal justice reform advocacy group The Sentencing Project, since the First Step Act was passed, 91 percent of the people resentenced under its reforms have been black Americans.
@chelseahandler According to The Sentencing project: https://t.co/YK3cVWtfTF— Katrina Pierson (@Katrina Pierson)1582090025.0