The mess President Obama left after eight long years in office has done near irreparable harm to America.
President Trump is doing his very best to clean up the disaster Obama left behind, proving to everyone just how much of a mess things actually were.
And now Trump just exposed Obama’s worst hypocrisy with this latest move.
During his presidency, Obama was always defined as the “friend of the athlete.”
He would hold the annual “Baracketology” at the White House and pick his March Madness bracket live on Sports Center.
He’d shoot hoops with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, and golf with Steph Curry.
Some of the most famous athletes in the world were smitten with him.
But Trump just showed all of them that their perception of Obama was completely false.
Last week, Trump posthumously pardoned World Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, who was considered one of the most famous and notorious African American athletes in the early 1900’s.
During the Jim Crow era, Johnson was sentenced to a year in prison in 1920, which was widely viewed as unjust and racially motivated.
When Trump finally did what Obama had the opportunity to do for eight whole years, Jack Johnson’s descendants were completely elated.
“President Donald Trump issued a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson, a decision that he said was partially due to actor Sylvester Stallone bringing the issue to his attention.
“We have done something today that was very important because we righted a wrong. It was a wrong, and a lot of people knew it,” the president said after signing the pardon on Thursday. “Jack Johnson was not treated fairly and we have corrected that.”
Linda Haywood, the maternal great-great niece of Jack Johnson was present for the ceremony that took place in the Oval Office.
“My family, now, can go forward knowing that the shame and the pain has been erased, and history will be rewritten,” Haywood said to Trump. “And I sincerely thank you, sir.”
Although he was the first black heavyweight world champion of boxing, Jackson had a difficult history, convicted of violating the Mann Act by transporting a woman across state lines “for immoral purposes” while he had relationships with white prostitutes. Jackson fled the country to escape prison but returned in 1920 to serve his sentence, spending ten months in prison. He died in a car accident in 1946 at the age of 68.
“I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history, and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion, legendary athlete, and a person that, when people got to know him, they really liked him and they really thought he was treated unfairly as a human being and unfairly as a champion,” Trump said at the event.”
Johnson’s pardon has been a long time coming and was even endorsed by Congress in 2015.
It should’ve been a no brainer, but Obama did nothing about it.
And the preposterous reason the Obama administration gave for not pardoning Johnson was because it would look too obvious if a black president and a black attorney general, Eric Holder, pardoned a black athlete.
But Trump isn’t one to shy away from public perception when he makes a decision.
Sylvester Stallone, who was standing right behind Trump in the Oval Office when he signed the pardon, said it was “incredible” because Johnson was his inspiration for the character of “Apollo Creed” in the Rocky franchise.
This is just further proof that Trump is not afraid to do the right thing, unlike Obama and his administration.