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In Saturday’s weekly radio address, President Barack Obama turned his attention once again to building a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system, to include making it easier for those with a criminal history to find federal employment.
The social justice warrior in chief noted that there are “some 2.2 million people behind bars in America,” and lamented that many are serving “unnecessarily long sentences for nonviolent crimes” — he views dealing drugs as a non-violent crime. Obama also included a racial component, saying that “as a whole, our prison population is disproportionately black and Latino.”
And it’s not because they are breaking the law.
“Now, plenty of people should be behind bars,” Obama said. “But the reason we have so many more people in prison than any other developed country is not because we have more criminals. It is because we have criminal justice policies, including unfair sentencing laws, that need to be reformed.”
"We have criminal justice policies, including unfair sentencing laws, that need to be reformed." —President Obama https://t.co/ovSB7lu9Kl
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 23, 2016
Obama told listeners his administration is “taking steps to ensure that applicants with a criminal history have a fair shot to compete for a federal job” and then called on businesses “to commit to hiring returning citizens who have earned a second chance.”
He concluded with the prerequisite sanctimonious pitch about “making sure that we live up to our ideals as a nation.”
Their reaction on social media to the president’s message was heavy on cynicism and it didn’t take long for Hillary Clinton’s name to come up in the focus on criminal behavior.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
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— Shawn williams (@shawnpoopsalot) April 23, 2016
@BarackObama is that right? Butch up, mommy jeans. Try and do something about it
— Cui Bono? (@daniel_thecuban) April 23, 2016
@BarackObama Sir,if you had any intention to help poor Americans whose lives being ruined by drugs, MILITARIZE our border and stop the flow!
— jaazee (@jaazee1) April 23, 2016
— Edward (@US395) April 23, 2016
@BarackObama don’t commit the crime then you won’t do the time…. Reform the cultures producing the criminals, not the system.
— Sailor Chick ’95 (@strinam) April 24, 2016
@BarackObama enforce the laws on the books now. Hold the guilty accountable. Including HRC
— Cheryl L Sypniewski (@Ch3rylL33) April 23, 2016
— Curtis Wright (@curtiswright) April 23, 2016
@thehill Reply from Congress: When you.agree to prosecute Hillary and lock Sharpton up for tax evasion.
— kearl (@kearlpatriot) April 23, 2016
.@thehill he is phoney, supporting & defending people like Shillary so where will reform come from?
— #HillaryIsTrump (@TakeBackIndia) April 24, 2016
@thehill I’m for that Hillary Clinton belongs in jail
— tom (@samsung222) April 23, 2016
— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) April 23, 2016
@AHMalcolm Ironically, that is EXACTLY what it SUPPOSED to do!!! But when you have a people who CULTURE IS CRIME what would you expect???
— PepeLeDog (@BigHockeyPuck) April 23, 2016
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