The Rev. Dr. Darrell Scott believes that President Donald Trump will be considered one of the “greatest civil rights presidents in modern history.”
Scott, who is CEO of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, penned an op-ed for Cleveland.com to refute the criticism that Trump’s civil rights record has received.
The pastor pointed out that when reality TV star Kim Kardashian West met with Trump, the media missed the “real story,” which he considers to be that Trump “is quickly becoming one of the greatest civil rights presidents in modern history.”
Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson after meeting with Kardashian West, and Scott explained it wasn’t the first time Johnson reached out to a president.
“Johnson asked [former President Barack Obama’s] administration on three separate occasions for clemency, but was rejected just days before Obama’s term ended,” he wrote.
To back up his declaration, Scott listed a variety of policies and actions Trump has taken in regard to criminal justice reform, including:
- Being the “biggest advocate” for prison reform
- Overturning the “Clinton crime bill”
- The FIRST STEP Act
He called the FIRST STEP Act a “total game-changer” that saves taxpayers money and helps inmates get their lives back on track. He wrote:
If you combine the FIRST STEP Act with President Trump’s vocal leadership on the national stage, his success lowering minority unemployment to record-setting lows, and his executive actions to right historical wrongs, no president in recent memory has been this ambitious to help communities impacted by mass incarceration.
This is far from the first time Scott has spoken out on behalf of Trump’s record with race issues. In January, he told Fox Business that he can state “unequivocally” that Trump isn’t racist.
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However, not everyone agrees with Scott, and the argument that Trump isn’t an ally of minorities has been made on numerous occasions.
Donald Trump banned the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House because he wanted to remind us that he’s both a racist and a loser.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) June 5, 2018
“Trump embraces candidate with racist ties – CNN Politics”
In other news, water is wet. https://t.co/BuETDfOTNb
— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) June 13, 2018
Calls Mexicans rapists and drug dealers.
Ignores Puerto Rico.
Denies asylum to Central American abuse victims.
Tears immigrant children from their families and then loses them.
Do you see a pattern?
Trump is a racist.#resist #trump #WereAmerica
— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) June 12, 2018
Scott concluded his article with the hope that if Kardashian West can embrace Trump for his “willingness” to help, then everyone can keep an “open mind and embrace reforms that will improve the future for black communities nationwide.”
Authored by Sophie Ryan