CNN commentator Van Jones complimented President Donald Trump after he expressed support for a criminal justice bill.

Trump endorsed the First Step Act on Wednesday, a bipartisan bill focused on prison and sentencing reform.

“Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption,” he said during a press conference. “So if something happens and they make a mistake, they get a second chance at life.”

According to the #FirstStepAct website, suggested reforms include:

  • Bans the shackling of pregnant and postpartum women
  • Provides an ID card for every person when they are released
  • Lower lifetime mandatory minimum sentences for people with prior nonviolent drug felony convictions to 25 years, and reduce 20-year mandatory minimum sentences for similar offenses to 15 years

Jones tweeted his shoutout to 45 on Wednesday evening:

He also gave Trump his props a few hours later during an interview with Don Lemon.

“I think you got to give him some credit,” Jones said. “When Obama was in office no matter what he did, the right-wing just kicked his butt. He did stuff that the conservatives have been begging him to do, and then they kicked his butt. So, I say the 99 times I don’t agree with the president, I’m going to give him hell. On this one, I’ll give him a salute and applause… If you can’t put politics aside to help people who are suffering and struggling in prison when there’s a shot to do something on a bipartisan basis, then I think we’ve taken politics too far.”

Well, a lot of folks can’t put politics to the side and blasted Jones for complimenting Trump.




Since Trump favors the bill, its success is up to Congress. If the act earns 60 Senate votes, it will be brought to the floor for a vote, according to Mediate.


Now, check these out:

CBC Meets With House Speaker Hopeful After Announcing They Want A Black Speaker Of The House

Cory Booker Says Stacey Abrams' Gubernatorial Election Is Being Stolen From Her

Hate Crimes Increased By 17% In 2017 According To FBI Annual Report