Florida leaders react to President Trump’s Super Bowl commercial

by | Feb 3, 2020

 

During Sunday night’s highly anticipated Super Bowl, President Donald Trump aired a commercial touting his criminal justice reform victory.

The 30-second ad, featured during Super Bowl LIV, was released by Trump’s re-election committee and featured the first-time nonviolent drug offender, Alice Johnson, who was granted clemency in 2018 by Trump thanks to Kim Kardashian’s advocacy.

The president tweeted the advertisement in real-time following its initial airing during the game.

“I promised to restore hope in America,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “That includes the least among us. Together, let’s KEEP AMERICA GREAT”

The emotional spot showed Johnson’s release and her reunion with friends and family.

“My heart is just bursting with gratitude. I want to thank President Donald John Trump. Hallelujah!” Johnson said during the TV spot.

The ad drew backlash from many detractors online, with the masses claiming that Trump took to much credit for Johnson’s commutation.

Florida leaders, however, stood behind Trump’s commercial, citing his decision to free Johnson, along with a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill — the First Step Act — signed into law during his tenure, as a landmark accomplishment heading into the 2020 elections.

A second Trump ad ran, but could only be seen after the SuperBowl.

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