One of President Trump’s campaign ads aired during the Super Bowl focused on a heart-tugging result coming out of his leadership in reforming criminal sentencing injustices. The ad drew both praise and scorn, though critics had to completely evade the truth of the matter.
The ad featured Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who had been sentenced to life in prison for a non-violent drug offense.
In June 2018, Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence after hearing about her case from Kim Kardashian West as she spoke with him about the need for widespread criminal justice and sentencing reform.
“Thanks to President Trump, people like Alice are getting a second chance,” the text of the ad reads. “Politicians talk about criminal justice reform. President Trump got it done. Thousands of families are being reunited.” As the ad plays, video is shown of an emotional and grateful Johnson, talking about what Trump did for her. Watch …
I promised to restore hope in America. That includes the least among us. Together, let’s KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
Text TRUMP to 88022 if you liked our Super Bowl ad! pic.twitter.com/Lgjt53B7QX
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2020
More than 100 million Americans saw the 30-second ad that cost the Trump campaign $5.6 million to run during the game.
Johnson was convicted of drug conspiracy and money laundering in 1996 and sentenced to life in prison. Johnson admitted she deserved to serve time for her crimes and credited her faith for getting through more than 20 years behind bars.
Johnson herself posted the ad on Twitter, saying, “Two Super Bowls ago I was sitting in a prison cell. Today I am a free woman and my story was featured in a Super Bowl Ad. I will spend the rest of my life fighting for the wrongly and unjustly convicted! God Bless America!
Two Super Bowls ago I was sitting in a prison cell.
Today I am a free woman and my story was featured in a Super Bowl Ad.
I will spend the rest of my life fighting for the wrongly and unjustly convicted!
God Bless America! pic.twitter.com/CGSyk54O37
— Alice Marie Johnson (@AliceMarieFree) February 3, 2020
It’s safe to say that most people were moved by the ad.
— Denise McAllister (@McAllisterDen) February 3, 2020
BEST SUPER BOWL AD EVER!
President Trump making lives better for minorities!
Unlike Obama, who did nothing for minorities!
— Lori Hendry TEXT TRUMP TO 88022 (@Lrihendry) February 3, 2020
The Donald John Trump ad with Alice Johnson is a powerful indictment of our broken criminal justice system the president is reforming. Nice to see someone giving this man credit for what he has done for them and their family. #SuperBowlAd #Trump2020LandslideVictory
— Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) February 3, 2020
In 2018, President Trump signed into law a long-overdue, much needed criminal justice reform bill that drew rare praise from across the political spectrum. But that was then and this is now.
As beautiful as the Alice Johnson ad is, some on the left claim that it is offensive, dismissing it as “trash” and “pathetic.”
#SuperBowl Trumps trash advert talking about how he’s been reuniting families. That tXXt has been tearing them apart the minute he got into office ?
— Max ?? (@mcneill_max) February 2, 2020
Trump used an incarcerated black face exonerated from prison for Him to display in his tweets and ads. Pathetic!
— Btrswet (@Btrswet) February 3, 2020
Should we be surprised that some naifs believe Kim Kardashian West commuted Johnson’s sentence? …
How DARE Trump take credit for freeing Alice Johnson. THAT WAS KIM KARDASHIAN THE WORLD WILL NOT FORGET
— Sam Rullo (@SamRullo) February 2, 2020
Other critics took the well-traveled racist route …
The “I freed a Negro” ad.
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) February 3, 2020
And, there are plenty of people out there who are simply unaware of how much President Trump has accomplished, in spite of overwhelming resistance by Congressional Democrats.
MOST PATHETIC SUPER BOWL AD EVER! #RACISTPresident Trump making lives WORSE for minorities!
Unlike Obama, who did EVERYTHING for minorities!
— Donood J. Twump (@WealDonoodTwump) February 3, 2020
I support you but the superbowl ad was embarrassing for you. No one believes that you are for criminal justice reform and that was just a tacky play for the black vote that won’t end up convincing them to vote for you. AD FAIL!
— Cindy Craft (@gypsyrollin) February 3, 2020
Apparently, the “woke” crowd has prompted Twitter to restrict viewership of the ad, fearing the truth might seep into their insular safe spaces …
President Trump’s Super Bowl ad about criminal justice reform and Alice Johnson has been restricted on Twitter after angry Democrats reported it en masse.
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) February 3, 2020
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