Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington praises Trump for First Step Act, slams Obama for his lack of support
Former 'Grey's Anatomy' star Isaiah Washington has publicly slammed the former US president Barack Obama for not doing his bit in support of 'Africa or the Black Agenda', and has instead chosen to praise President Donald Trump for inviting him to the White House to celebrate the First Step Act prison reform.
The actor tweeted his thanks to "45" while criticizing "44" in a series of social media posts, where he also shared pictures of the current president from this week. Daily Mail reported that Washington was at the White House to celebrate a prison reform bill, the First Step Act, which is focused on inmate rehabilitation.
Washington, who was fired from the sets of 'Grey's Anatomy' in 2007 for making a homophobic slur, wrote in a tweet: "I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone 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."
First Step Act was a legislation passed by the Congress last year, which gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. The attempt drew strong support from Republicans but left the Democrats worried that mandatory minimum laws had generated unfair sentences in many drug-related cases.
Washington also went on to share pictures and videos of himself from inside The East Room and added: "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." Speaking directly to Trump, he said: "@realDonaldTrump you freed 3,000 Federal Prisoners, got 16,000 in drug rehabilitation programs and now you just need to deliver."
The actor's comments provoked a mixed reaction from social media users online, with some comparing his reaction to Daniel Kaluuya's main character from 'Get Out', the movie about an African-American victimized by a white family.
One Twitter user wrote: "You cannot be serious! Trump is undoing a problem HE created! Barack is the best that ever did it! That buffoon you are sucking up to has not once condemned the white supremacists who have killed all in the name of MAGA."
But others praised his tweet, writing: "Glad to see you accepted @realDonaldTrump's offer! He wants to improve the lives of all Americans, and the partisanship in DC only makes that job harder. Whether we lean left or right, we're all Americans."