Van Jones Credits Trump WH For Criminal Justice Reform Success: Jared Kushner Was ‘Bleeding For This’


CNN’s Van Jones hailed the Trump administration for pushing through a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, which easily passed through the Senate Tuesday night.

Jones — an outspoken advocate of reducing prison sentences, who met with Trump adviser Jared Kushner to talk reforms on a number of occasions — spoke about the bill to Axios founder Mike Allen on Wednesday, and pinned its success on the White House.

The ex-Obama official explained the hurdles faced trying to get this bill passed, from opposition from House Democrats to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

When Allen asked what got McConnell on board, Jones said the answer would “piss off his liberal friends.”

“You know what made the difference? Donald J. Trump finally said enough is enough,” Jones explained. “Jared Kushner had been out there bleeding for this. Bleeding for this — and others.”

“Donald J. Trump made very clear that the next set of tweets was going to be for Mitch McConnell,” Jones said. “That, among other things, helped Mitch McConnell see the light.”

The bill, which passed the Senate by a margin of 87-12, was aimed primarily at reducing recidivism through changing mandatory minimum and sentencing laws, among other regulations.

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