Trump claimed that he had watched a tv present “three weeks in the past” through which Jones, a outstanding advocate for prison justice reform, had praised a protracted listing of individuals, together with the Rev. Al Sharpton, for the First Step Act reform invoice Trump signed into law in 2018
— however had failed to say Trump himself.
“The one one he did not point out was me,” Trump mentioned.
“I saved ready for my title,” Trump continued. “I mentioned, ‘Darling, come over right here. I will have a fantastic little title point out. Sure, darling’ — First Woman. How good is the First Woman? So she came visiting. And I saved ready. And I saved ready. After which he named lots of people — that was the top. I mentioned — I used to be somewhat embarrassed in entrance of my spouse. I mentioned, ‘He did not title me! I am the one which did it!’ I referred to as up Jared (Kushner), proper Jared? I mentioned, ‘What the hell is that this?’ “
Trump complained that Jones had referred to as for his defeat within the election on the identical present. And he then claimed that Jones later apologized for omitting him.
“After which he spoke to Jared and he apologized, did not he? He apologized. However I do not settle for these apologies,” Trump mentioned.
Info First: Jones mentioned Friday that he has by no means made any such apology to Trump or Kushner. He has by no means praised Sharpton on his CNN present, and he has habitually given Trump credit score for the First Step Act — together with in a CNN appearance three weeks ago, through which he mentioned, “I believe Trump has gotten too little credit score for what he did on prison justice reform.”
Jones mentioned Friday: “I actually have no idea what he is speaking about.”
“I’ve not apologized for not mentioning Trump as a result of I’ve by no means not talked about Trump,” he mentioned. “Why would I apologize for not doing one thing that I did?”
Jones mentioned he thinks Trump may need been complicated him with entertainer and activist John Legend.
Legend, a vocal Trump critic, participated in a town hall event
on prison justice that aired on MSNBC in September. According to The Washington Post
, Trump’s position in signing the First Step Act was not explicitly talked about on the present.
The evening the MSNBC present aired, Trump lashed out at Legend on Twitter whereas complaining that he and Republicans weren’t being given sufficient credit score for the First Step Act. He talked about Jones in the identical Twitter thread, although Jones didn’t seem on the present.
“….A person named @VanJones68, and plenty of others, had been profusely grateful (at the moment!). I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, nobody else did, & Republicans deserve a lot credit score. However now that it’s handed, those that had just about nothing to do with it are taking the reward. Guys like boring musician @johnlegend, and his filthy mouthed spouse, are speaking now about how nice it’s – however I did not see them round after we wanted assist getting it handed,” Trump said
Legend, winner of the Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards, responded by tweeting
: “Think about being president of an entire nation and spending your Sunday evening hate-watching MSNBC hoping any individual—ANYBODY—will reward you. Melania, please reward this man. He wants you.”
Legend’s spouse Chrissy Teigen, the mannequin, tv host, writer and well-liked on-line persona whom Trump disparaged as “filthy mouthed,” responded with a profane insult that went viral on Twitter. She added
, “The very best a part of his tweet is I actually did not communicate within the particular, nor was I discussed.”
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Conservative media shops have taken observe of Jones’ repeated reward of Trump over the regulation, phrases for which Jones has obtained criticism from some liberals. In Could, for instance, the right-wing Day by day Caller quoted Jones saying
, “We have to offer Trump credit score the place credit score is due. He did battle onerous to move the invoice and he made it attainable for different Republicans to even be within the pro-criminal justice camp.”
Sharpton for his assist and steering in a 2018 look he made on Sharpton’s radio present to debate the First Step Act. However that radio present bore no resemblance to the story Trump informed a couple of latest tv present.
Jones briefly mentioned
prison justice reform on his CNN present in August, and referred to as for Trump’s defeat on that program, however this system additionally was by no means much like the one Trump described; Jones didn’t point out Sharpton or recite a protracted listing of individuals accountable for the First Step Act.