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Watch: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries absolutely destroys opponents of prison reform on CNN

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For the first time in the Trump era, a piece of major domestic legislation with broad bipartisan support is headed from the House of Representatives to the Senate.

The bill frees 4,000 people in prison for nonviolent drug crimes, ends shackling of women giving birth and allots money to help reduce recidivism by funding substance abuse treatment, anger management therapy, education and other programs.

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The bill’s sponsors are Brooklyn Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Georgia Republican Doug Collins.

On Saturday night, Jeffries went on Van Jones’ CNN show to defend the bill, which has drawn fire from some on the left because it doesn’t go far enough. Jeffries obliterated that argument.

“When we attempted to negotiate a bill that the Obama administration supported in the last Congress, there was some of our friends, allies, advocate, who were of the view that that the Obama administration criminal justice reform bill didn’t go far enough and said let’s wait until Hillary Clinton is president,” Jeffries said. “How did that work out?”

Jones is a fan of the bill—he even lobbied Trump to sign it, getting some pushback from the left.

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“Why in the era of division and dysfunction and craziness would you walk out into the killing fields to try to get a bill done for prisoners? Prisoners ain’t got no lobbyists, man! They can’t help you! They can’t vote!” Jones said. “Why take this kind of risk for people behind bars?”

That’s exactly why, Jeffries said.

“To focus on the least, the lost, the left behind individuals who are incarcerated without hope, without opportunity, without a second chance at getting a start in life once they are able to leave the federal penitentiary,” Jeffries said.

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Jeffries laid out the stats: When the War on Drugs started under President Nixon 50,000 people were in federal prison. Today it’s 2.2 million, disproportionally black and Latino men.

“It’s a stain on our democracy,” Jeffries said.

Some Democrats seem willing to let prisoners rot in prison rather than give Trump a win—Jeffries subtly shamed them.

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“For too long, the criminal justice issue has been used as a political weapon against vulnerable individuals, communities, black and latino communities, low income folks of every single race,” he said. “We took the position that if you can take criminal justice reform out of the political space, so that we’re working on it together, then Democrats and Republicans will be all about the merits of the issue moving forward as opposed to using crime and punishment as a political weapon against each other.”

Watch the full interview below.

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Trump is ‘feeling threatened and running scared’ to cancel G-7 at Doral: ‘Art of the Deal’ co-author

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President Donald Trump announced late on Saturday evening that he was reversing his administration's decision to hold the G-7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf club.

Trump had received harsh criticism for the selection violating the constitution’s domestic and foreign emolument clauses.

Tony Schwartz, who co-wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump, said the announcement was a sign Trump is feeling threatened.

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Trump announces G-7 won’t be held at Doral after widespread criticism for it violating the Constitution

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President Donald Trump announced Saturday evening that the G-7 Summit will not be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf club.

The selection of Doral had been widely condemned as a clear violation of both the constitution's domestic and foreign emolument clauses.

"I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 leaders," Trump claimed.

"I announced that I would be willing to do it at no profit or, if legally permissible, at zero cost to the USA. But, as usual, the hostile media and their Democrat partners went crazy!" Trump argued.

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Trump says illegally profiting from the G-7 Summit was him ‘doing something very good for our country’

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President Donald Trump attacked his perceived political opponents on Saturday even as he attempted to defend his decision to host the G-7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf club.

"I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 leaders," Trump claimed.

"I announced that I would be willing to do it at no profit or, if legally permissible, at zero cost to the USA. But, as usual, the hostile media and their Democrat partners went crazy!" Trump argued.

Ethics officials have said Trump's decision to choose Doral is a clear violation of both the constitution's domestic and foreign emolument clauses.

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