Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump recently, is enjoying her newfound freedom. After spending 21 years in prison, Johnson is now with her family.
You might think the left would have been happy about it too, but of course, some used it to attack the president and Kim Kardashian-West, who convinced Trump to grant Johnson clemency. Nevertheless, Johnson is clearly grateful for the president’s decision.
Johnson Discusses Her Commutation on Fox News
Johnson was convicted of nonviolent drug charges and money laundering in 1996. It was her first conviction, but she still received a life sentence. She appeared on Sean Hannity’s show and discussed her time in prison and her eventual clemency. “The waiting has been very painful for me and my family,” she said. “We’ve had so many ups and downs. So many false alarms that it was going to happen for years.”
Since Trump came through with her clemency, Johnson seems to be loving her freedom. She stated that others have approached her and expressed their joy at seeing her out of prison. “Every single place that I go, if people recognize who I am, they hug me,” she said. “They tell me how happy they are that I’m home.”
While Johnson stated that America is “a country of second chances,” she also pointed out that our justice system is not perfect. She argued that her situation was evidence that the “system is broken,” but she expressed hope that it can be fixed. She believes the president will “follow up and do some other things for other people.”
Is There More Clemency in the Cards?
The president has hinted at plans to grant clemency to inmates serving excessively long sentences. Earlier this year, Trump told reporters that he is looking at 3,000 potential candidates for clemency. “Of the 3,000 names, many of those names really have been treated unfairly.”
Trump seems to be serious about addressing situations in which people have not been given a fair shake in our justice system. He even called on football players who protest the national anthem to give their input on who should receive clemency. Recently, some NFL players responded, focusing on fixing the issues in our justice systems more than pardons. Trump has not yet indicated how he will respond to the players’ proposal, but it is clear that he plans to take action beyond providing just clemency to those who have received undue punishment.
Alice Marie Johnson’s story is problematic for the left, who continually try to label Trump and his supporters as racists. They reacted in a similar fashion when he issued a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson. It is important to note that President Obama had the opportunity to take action in both of these cases, but refused.