Jailed Grandmother Thanks Trump for Clemency: We Must 'Get Behind Families Again'
The jailed grandmother who was granted clemency by President Trump thanked him Sunday for being "a decisive president" and for giving her a second chance in life.
Johnson said on "Fox & Friends" that America must "get behind families again."
"My message to the country is this: We must, as a nation, get behind families again," she said. "We have got to get back to just loving on each other and cherishing moments with each other."
Alice Marie Johnson: "We must as a nation get behind families again... The family is the core." pic.twitter.com/KgJx5BhRGK
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Johnson's attorney, Michael Scholl, said that his client's story shows that there needs to be a larger emphasis on sentencing reform.
"These mandatory minimums are destroying families," he said. "I think President Trump is sending the message that, hey, if Congress is not going to look at these laws and change these laws to help people then he's going to step in and do something about it."
Johnson said that she's thankful for the courage Trump has shown in making decisions and that those opposed to him should reconsider their opinions.
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"Sometimes we allow ourselves to get so caught up in looking at ... the politics of everything that is going on without looking at the man who he is," she said.
"I'm sitting here today because President Trump had the courage to go against some of his own advisers in granting me clemency, and that's what we need in a president."