President Trump Posthumously Pardons Boxer Jack Johnson…

Joined by Sylvester Stallone, current and past boxing champions, earlier today President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned boxer Jack Johnson.

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[Transcript] Oval Office – 12:55 P.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. This was set up quite a long time ago. And while this is a very interesting day we have going, this was very important to Sylvester Stallone — my friend for a long time, Sly — and the whole group.

We have incredible people here. We have the current heavyweight champion of the world, Deontay Wilder. He’s 40 and 0. This gentleman right here. He’s 40 and 0, with 39 knockouts.

And we have Lennox Lewis, who, as you know, is one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time. Unbelievable heart, and, in all fairness, unbelievable talent. He was a talented, talented fighter. A great and talented fighter.

LEWIS: Thank you. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. And, Deontay, thank you.

WILDER: Yes, sir. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: So, Lennox, if I really went and started working out, could I take Deontay in a fight? (Laughter.) Please tell me. This is 40 and 0, 39 knockouts. Could I take him in a fight if I really went to work?

LEWIS: You’d have to get past those long arms.

THE PRESIDENT: I get it. They’re long arms.

LEWIS: Yeah, they’re long arms.

THE PRESIDENT: And we also have Linda Bell Haywood, the maternal great-great niece of Jack Johnson. Now, we all sort of have heard of Jack Johnson — had a very tough life, and an interesting life. One of the greatest fighters — Lennox was just telling me — one of the greatest fighters ever of the early 1900s.

Today, as President, I’ve issued an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, posthumously, to John Arthur “Jack” Johnson — he was known as “Jack Johnson” — the first African American heavyweight champion of the world. A truly great fighter. Had a tough life.

They say he violated the Mann Act, and he had a conviction that occurred during a period of tremendous racial tension in the United States, more than a century ago. Johnson served 10 months in federal prison for what many view as a racially motivated injustice. He was treated very rough, very tough.

Born in 1878, in Galveston, Texas, to former slaves, Johnson overcame difficult circumstances to reach the heights of boxing. One of the greatest that ever lived. And both Deontay and Lennox were telling me they studied those tapes. I don’t know, I think you would have been okay. I don’t know. I think Lennox would have been okay, too.

But truly one of the greatest that ever lived. And he overcame these difficult circumstances to reach the heights of boxing in the boxing world, and inspired generations with his tenacity and a very independent spirit.

Congress has supported numerous resolutions calling for Johnson’s pardon. Went through Congress numerous times. No President ever signed it, surprisingly. They thought it was going to be signed in the last administration and that didn’t happen. So that was very disappointing for a lot of people.

These resolutions enjoyed widespread bipartisan support, including from the Congressional Black Caucus. The Black Caucus supported it very, very powerfully, very strongly, but they couldn’t get the President to sign it. One of these resolutions passed Congress as recently as 2015.

Jack Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion. And he was the heavyweight champion for many years. He was pretty much unbeatable.

In light of these facts, and in recognition of his historical athletic achievements and the contributions to society — he really represented something that was both very beautiful and very terrible at the same time — I believe that Jack Johnson is a very worthy person to receive a full pardon and, in this case, a posthumous pardon.

So 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.

So I’m going to be signing that. Don, if you bring that up. And then if you’d like to ask a couple of questions to the folks, I think that Mauricio Sulaiman — we have José Sulaiman, a name I’ve heard probably more than I’ve heard any boxer’s name. He’s a big power in the world of boxing, and somehow your name is mentioned at every major match, and Mauricio Sulaiman. And I think, in this case, Mauricio is going to say a few words. But let me sign this first so we get it done.

And congratulations, because I know you all fought very hard to have this taken care of. I know Lennox, and Sly, and my friend, Keith — where’s Keith? And my friend, Keith, who is a very successful guy. And the champ. You all fought very, very hard to get this done. So it’s my honor to do it. It’s about time.

(The presidential pardon is signed.)

How’s that for an autograph? Okay

HAYWOOD: That is fabulous, sir. Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: That is my great honor. And I think what we’ll do is we’ll do that to you —

MS HAYWOOD: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: — and we have pens for everybody, we’re going to give you. Okay?

Mauricio, do you want to say something about the champ?

SALDIVAR: Mr. President, on behalf of the world of boxing, I would like to praise, congratulate, and thank you for taking this gigantic step for human equality and inclusion. Jack Johnson was the inspiration of many, including Muhammad Ali. This is a great day for the sport, a great day for humanity. And I’m just very proud to be here with the best ambassador boxing has ever had, Sylvester Stallone.

THE PRESIDENT: I agree with that.

SALDIVAR: “Rocky” has motivated so many generations. Lennox Lewis, one of the greatest champions in the history of boxing. And our current king, Deontay Wilder. It is just an unbelievable day for us. And all I can say, just the way you promoted our sport in the ’90s, you’re doing so many things now for the sport of boxing, which is unbelievable, and we cannot thank you enough.

THE PRESIDENT: And our country is doing great. It’s nice to see, but we are really doing great.

Lennox Lewis, one of the great champions of all time, in my opinion. I know them all, or at least I certainly know of them all, but I know a lot of them. But Lennox is one of the great champions. Tremendous physical talent, but he also had a thing called heart. And Lennox, I guess you saw a lot of talented guys —

LEWIS: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: — and you were looking down at them at the end of a couple of rounds. Right? (Laughter.)

But Lennox had tremendous heart and has tremendous heart. Would you like to say something about Jack Johnson?

LEWIS: Yeah, you know, Jack Johnson is a great inspiration to me, especially throughout my whole career. And I was always wondering how come he didn’t get a lot of press and what the situation was with him. But I’m very happy that I was here this historic day for Mr. Johnson and his family. And I think it’s going to weigh a heavy weight around the world that this actually happened, and everybody will thank you, and I’ll thank you as well.

THE PRESIDENT: I think it’s great when a great champion, who, in theory, doesn’t have to worry about somebody from the early part of the century — I think it’s great when a great champion comes to honor and even press that another great champion be honored. I think that’s a great thing.

LEWIS: Yes, thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: I think that’s a great thing.

Now, you know, everybody knows Sly and what a job he’s done. One of — I tell you what, I love his movies. And I don’t care if it’s “Rambo” or “Rocky,” I still don’t know which I like better. Right? (Laughter.) But Sly is a special guy, and he’s more shy than you would think. So I won’t even tell him, but if you want to say a word, you can, Sly.

STALLONE: Well, no pressure here, right? (Laughter.)

I want to thank you, Mr. President. It’s incredible that you’ve done this because — it’s one thing, I’ve been so blessed with the “Rocky” situation and playing that character. And actually, when I was writing it, I’m thinking about inspirations for this Apollo Creed, and that was Jack Johnson — this bigger than life, incredible character, and who is, you know, treated so unfairly — his prime was taken away — but somehow he still managed to persevere and kept a smile on his face, and he’s truly an inspirational character.

So this has been a long time coming. Of course, Linda, thank you very much. You’re so amazing. Probably the — I don’t know how many blood relatives are left, but you’re, like, the one that really, really fought for him, and I appreciate that.

HAYWOOD: Yes. Yes, I have.

STALLONE: So it’s an honor to take a fictional character like Rocky, and do something in the world of reality. And thank you for making that happen. And keep punching, Jack. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: And, you know, the beautiful thing about Sly — and I’ve known him for so long, such a great guy — he didn’t want to have any press. He didn’t want anything. He just wanted Jack Johnson to be recognized. He really said he didn’t want any press. I said, “Do you want to get the press?” He said, “No, no, no.” And he said it even before he came down. He did not want any press. And we just said, “Hey, let’s do it.” And I will tell you —

STALLONE: I have stage fright. Can you believe it? (Laughter.) After all these years, I just discovered it.

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t think — hey, I don’t think you have any fright, I’ll tell you what.

STALLONE: I do. I do. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: But you are a really great guy, in so many ways. Long beyond sport and boxing, you are a great guy, and you’ve been a great friend.

STALLONE: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Linda, would you like to say something on behalf of Jack?

HAYWOOD: Yes. This has been a long time coming. And I am really overwhelmed because, for so long, my family was deeply ashamed that my uncle went to prison because of how he was treated, and they never really spoke of him. And I’ve said many times, I did not realize and know he was my uncle until I was 12 years old because of the shame that the family carried, and most of them took it to their graves.

By this pardon being issued, that would help to rewrite history, and erase the shame and the humiliation that my family felt for my uncle, a great hero, being in prison unjustly. And so many people have come along with me on this journey. So many people, I cannot really thank them all.

The most important person that decided to do this is sitting here to my left: President Trump. And I thank him. I thank Mauricio Sulaiman. I thank Miguel Torrucogarza, who took a lot of effort to find me. And Mr. Sylvester Stallone, who boldly put it in his ear. And when he tweeted, my entire life changed. (Laughter.) People wouldn’t leave me alone. Now, it’s going to be even more insane, but I’m fine with that. But I appreciate you rewriting history.

And also, let me just thank Senator John McCain for all of his efforts, and Congressman Peter King. And I’ve spoken with Samuel Collins of Hitchcock, Texas, and Reverend Jesse Jackson. So many people have helped me. And my family, now, can go forward knowing that the shame and the pain has been erased, and history will be rewritten. And I sincerely thank you, sir. And you and everybody that brought me here. I am the spokesperson for my family. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Beautiful. Thank you, Linda. Beautiful.

Champ, would you like to say — the current heavyweight champion of the world — would you like to say a few words about Jack Johnson.

WILDER: Yes, I would. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. The Jack Johnson pardon is something that should have never happened. You know, I’m here to support the pardon and his family. You know, this is an event that’s been long overdue, and it’s amazing to see a wrong corrected. And thanks — all thanks to Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, champ.

WILDER: Yes, sir. Thank you so much.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. And keep knocking (inaudible). (Applause.) Thank you.

And they were just nice enough to present me with this. That’s a beautiful thing, but I think now the White House staff take it, and they put it away. I’m not allowed to receive. Can you believe it? So they put it away —

STALLONE: Oh no, they expect you to start training immediately. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: But we’ll put it — yeah, we’ll start training.

STALLONE: Getting ready for a rematch.

THE PRESIDENT: We’ll start training. (Laughter.)

Well, on behalf of the White House, on behalf of the presidency, on behalf of this country — our country is a great country, and 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. I knew it. Without being an expert on the subject, I knew it for a long time. Jack Johnson was not treated fairly. And we have corrected that, and I’m very honored to have done it, Linda.

HAYWOOD: Thank you. Thank you so much.

STALLONE: Yeah, thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: And thank you all very much. Thank you, Sly. (Applause.) Thank you all. Thank you all very much. (Applause.) Thank you all very much. Thank you.

END

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162 Responses to President Trump Posthumously Pardons Boxer Jack Johnson…

  1. Ziiggii says:

    and yet McStain couldn’t even drum up a simple “Thank You Mr. President!”

    Liked by 11 people

    • Konamon says:

      We the people, love our President Trump.

      Liked by 27 people

      • Minnie says:

        Indeed we do, my fellow Deplorable.

        Indeed we do 🇺🇸🦁🇺🇸

        Liked by 11 people

      • fleporeblog says:

        I didn’t know that the First Black President on 3 separate occasions refused to pardon Jack Johnson.

        It took the Racist /s President to do what needed to be rightfully done.

        From the article linked above:

        President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned boxing legend Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion (1908–1915) at the height of the Jim Crow era.

        In April 2009, Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., along with Representative Peter King, R-N.Y., film maker Ken Burns and Mr. Johnson’s great-niece, Linda Haywood, requested a presidential pardon from Barack Obama.

        He refused, though it was during the height of Mr. Obama’s popularity.

        On July 29, 2009, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution calling on Mr. Obama to issue the pardon.

        “They couldn’t get the president to sign it,” President Trump said of the refusal.

        On June 30, 2016, the 70th anniversary of the boxer’s death, the trio sent another petition to Mr. Obama. But on each of these occasions, Mr. Obama declined to pardon Mr. Johnson.

        Liked by 24 people

      • courage4life says:

        Yes , I watched video and it was worth it!!

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    • grlangworth says:

      His loss.

      Liked by 3 people

    • JSBachLover says:

      …Sorry but I HAVE to say this: that headline needs to be changed! Pronto.

      The boxer’s dead. Pres. Trump certainly isn’t! (Thank God!) “Posthumously” modifies “President Trump” in the existing headline, not the boxer. The headline should say something like: “President Trump grants boxer Jack Johnson posthumous pardon.”

      Liked by 2 people

      • Ziiggii says:

        I’ll get SD right on it for you…😉

        Liked by 4 people

      • Sometimes it is hard to bite one’s tongue over such semantics when one has a background in editing and proper word usage. Still, a small thing to get upset about, no? I mean, really? With all the hard work and effort SD puts into keeping us all informed…..???

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      • Grassleygirl/Breitbartista says:

        Don’t forget Iran payoffs, biggest pardon(me) of his 8yr transformation of America.Please spare us your posthumous blather😛

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      • Grassleygirl/Breitbartista says:

        Don’t forget Iran payoffs, biggest pardon(me) of his 8yr transformation of America.Please spare us your posthumous blather😛

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        • Grassleygirl/Breitbartista says:

          So sorry for double post.
          Actually second sentence would be in reply to the freaking editor at large , who must be a redliner onSD ‘s headlines.
          Really?

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    • sunnydaze says:

      McCain thanked Trump in a tweet today.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ziiggii says:

        Oh I missed it… it wasn’t in his official statement that I saw

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      • Angel Martin says:

        “McCain thanked Trump in a tweet today.”

        Good for McCain.

        By contrast, Ken Burns was on PBS and John Yang asked him why this pardon was so long delayed.

        Burns praised McCain and blamed “issues with domestic violence” and racism in America but would not utter Trump’s name.

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    • lftpm says:

      What if President Trump later bestows a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Jack Johnson?

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    • Turranos says:

      McStain will remain forever a very big stain that can never be erased.

      Liked by 4 people

  2. sunnydaze says:

    This whole 14 min. vid is excellent and well worth the watch.

    But, if you really don’t have the time for that, please at least listen to Jack Johnson’s niece speak. She starts @ 10:00.

    Liked by 12 people

  3. sunnydaze says:

    Liked by 24 people

  4. This has been a clinic since 2016 on who has real class, heart and moxie, and who is just a punk.

    Liked by 15 people

  5. ezpz2 says:

    How will the race baiters spin this one?

    Oh I know! They’ll ignore it!

    Liked by 8 people

  6. Konamon says:

    Papa!

    Liked by 6 people

  7. Minnie says:

    Truly phenomenal, Mr. President, thank you.

    This honor bestowed upon Jack Johnson and his family proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that history CAN be rewritten for the betterment of all.

    God rest Mr. Johnson’s soul, God bless Ms Haywood, God bless all who fought so long to right this wrong.

    And God bless President Trump, he truly is a righteous man.

    Liked by 10 people

  8. L4grasshopper says:

    Added to the Kanye West stuff, might be worth a couple points in an election 🙂

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    • Doug says:

      And its the right thing to do .. which sometimes is all that matters

      Liked by 12 people

    • GB Bari says:

      Have no doubt whatsoever that President Trump did NOT do this for any “points”.
      He knew of Jack Johnson being “wronged” for a long time. PDJT simply had to have staff and his contacts in the WBF go through the logistics of planning and getting the people there and the ceremony scripted so that it came over smoothly within a time slot.

      Also it was yet another accomplishment where he , again, illustrated the hypocrisy of the former useless occupant of the WH.

      Kudos to President Trump!

      Liked by 4 people

    • Rhoda R says:

      “…might be worth a couple points in an election….” You know, I get the impression that wasn’t even a consideration for Mr. Trump. He’s not a politician that has the mind-set 24/7. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Paul says:

    Good

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  10. wheatietoo says:

    That’s our President…righting wrongs, one day at a time.

    This one was long overdue.
    Makes you wonder why previous presidents didn’t do this.

    I really love seeing these oval office moments in history.

    Thank you, Mr. President!
    You make us so proud.

    Liked by 12 people

    • Curry Worsham says:

      The Oval Office has an effect on people.
      Sly: “I just discovered I have stage fright.”

      Liked by 4 people

    • maiingankwe says:

      Wheatietoo,
      I completely agree with all you said. I’m still trying to figure out why the heck o didn’t sign even after three chances. It befuddles my mind. The only thing I could come up with is he simply didn’t care. He didn’t have a connection with him and probably didn’t like him much either. I would put that last part down to jealousy. Jack Johnson was a man’s man, something he never could be.

      I am ever so proud of all who kept up fighting the righteous fight and of course our most awesome President ever. He did good, darn good.
      Be well,
      Ma’iingankwe

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  11. InAz says:

    I have read the commie left blogs about President Trump issuing the pardon to
    Jack Johnson.

    The hate of President Trump has been taken up a notch along with defending MaoBama. The excuses as to why MaoBama did not pardon Johnson is beyond ridiculous.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Sayit2016 says:

      Ok…. my favorite shovel slinging sister… I’ll bite. Why didn’t Obama pardon him ?

      Hand cramp from taking to may selfies ?

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      It wasn’t politically necessary for Obama to pardon Johnson. He had 97% of the black vote no matter what. Now if his polling among blacks had started slipping before the 2012 election . . .

      Liked by 2 people

      • GB Bari says:

        Neither was it politically necessary for President Trump to pardon Jack Johnson. Our VSGPDJT doesn’t give one hoot for the politics of this action – or any action. He did what HE believes to be the right action. God Bless him for it.

        Liked by 4 people

  12. Minnie says:

    Is the Mann Act still in effect?

    Perhaps it should be, with all the disgusting human trafficking crimes still being committed!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Perot Conservative says:

    Great!

    Like

  14. sundance says:

    Liked by 18 people

  15. sunnydaze says:

    Liked by 15 people

    • sunnydaze says:

      Mr. Lanier is working with the White House on Urban Revitlization, for those who don’t know.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Konamon says:

      I love Trump. When i was a kid all the kids on my block liked to fight. Box, wrestle, etc. We were an still are good friends.

      Liked by 7 people

    • listingstarboard says:

      Why in the world would Obama refuse to pardon Johnson?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Tall Texan says:

        Because he blindly followed the careerists in the Justice Department. He wanted the pardoning power to actually rest with them so that the Deep State could retain permanent power over all of us.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Maquis says:

        Injustice is a tool of Marxism.

        Correct an injustice, and it’s no longer a useful tool.

        Simple as that.

        God Bless President Trump
        🇺🇸

        Liked by 6 people

      • treehouseron says:

        The excuse touted for why Obama didn’t pardon him, was that Johnson was accused of beating women at some point.

        The guy had a loud mouth similar to Ali, so basically he had tons of white people that hated him, they locked him up as soon as they got the opportunity, did the same thing to Chuck Berry, tried to do the same thing to Ali.

        I’m not an expert on Johnson so I don’t know if the allegations that he beat anybody have any merit or if it was just something racist democrats made up to slur him with.

        And are still using today to slur him with.

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      • CNN_sucks says:

        Because it is not politically expedient. You don’t pardon a dead person when he cannot vote anymore. Why do you think democrats wants ex convict restore their voting rights? Because they can vote just like illegal does.

        Liked by 1 person

      • 1stgoblyn says:

        Because he hates white people?

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  16. limelite001 says:

    Well done POTUS Trump. So many talented people in that room. all thankful and grateful for this action. I can’t believe Obama didn’t sign the pardon or that the Black Caucus didn’t push him to sign it. Shows you they’re all hat and no cattle. Shame on them. Took Trump to show them how to do the right thing.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. Just one more thing to prove what an evil racist POTUS is.

    /s

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  18. Tall Texan says:

    This is great! There were two people I really wanted to receive a pardon – Scooter Libby and Jack Johnson. I believe Trump did this for the simple reason it was long overdue and the right thing to do. At the same time, it sends a fabulous message to the careerists in the Justice Department. He is the President and their stupid policies and “traditions” don’t matter. Nobody elected the careerists and this President recignizes that.

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  19. Maquis says:

    Dust! Dang it! Can’t get it out of my eyes…

    I was free to bring my African bride across an entire ocean. So difficult to conceive the injustice Jack Johnson suffered for crossing a simple line between States. This is a great day.
    Heaven cheers this act, as do I.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Grassleygirl/Breitbartista says:

      So sorry for double post.
      Actually second sentence would be in reply to the freaking editor at large , who must be a redliner onSD ‘s headlines.
      Really?kik

      Like

  20. covfefe_USA says:

    I had never heard of him, so I read about him on Wikipedia. What I came away with is that he was a serial womanizer (today, many would refer to the behavior as a sex addiction), recklessly spent his money, and essentially caused one of his three wives to kill herself, in large part due to his violent abuse. Yes, he was the victim of the times, especially the revulsion and refusal to accept his victory over ‘the great white hope’ (which led to violent riots in various US cities). This in turn resulted in banning boxing footage and films in theaters until 1940. When he was found guilty of violating the Mann Act (and yes, by an all white – and likely male – jury), he fled the country to avoid serving his sentence, but years later returned and surrendered. So, not to take away from the revelry of the day and festivities, nor his personal accomplishments and talents, it also appears there were reasons behind his prosecution based upon the morals of the day – and not entirely upon mere racial animus. And for what its worth, I’ll always celebrate and cheer anytime his Excellency, POTUS 45, pulls one over Traitor 44. JMHO.

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    • Jlwary says:

      Wikipedia? Possibly all biased sources? There’s more to a man than what people say about him—generally speaking, not in regards to anything you specifically noted in your comment. MAGA

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    • Lady in Red says:

      Well, he’s no Chelsea Manning.

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    • navysquid says:

      Glad you did some background on him. One thing that is difficult to do is to judge people based on different generations laws and standards and you insinuated that in your post.

      Different times and different laws though convicted on what we know is a ridiculous law now, the Mann Act, the larger question IS why didn’t our “black” President not issue the pardon? Rhetorical question…

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    • Lurker2 says:

      Trump merely pardoned the guy, didn’t beatify him.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Kudos for trying to research the history of this man. Please be aware that Wikipedia encourages Left wing interpretations of history and they refuse to allow any truthful conservative interpretation (I know this firsthand: I have tried three times to correct some horridly leftwing-biased entries and even included good sourcing but was told my edits didn’t meet their standards). So please take whatever they print with “several grains of salt”… and do some more research to get a better and more objective perspective. Hint: my college absolutely forbids students to use and Wikipedia-sourced information in their research papers. Automatic “F” if wikipedia is used.

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      • Beverly says:

        True — but the Leftists generally won’t trash any black person who is NOT a proven conservative.

        A movie was made about Johnson, starring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander. Pretty sanitized version of his story — it “irised in” on the love story between him and the lady in question, and IIRC, it didn’t delve into his character flaws or womanizing, violent past.

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  21. Payday says:

    What a great thing PDJT just did. He’s doing so much good. And true to form, the shameless fake news media embarrasses themselves at the end.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Lion2017 says:

    This was beautiful! Bravo President Trump!!

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  23. rolfusaugustusadolphus says:

    This is great news!

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  24. rolfusaugustusadolphus says:

    Interesting factoid: President Trump was born on June 14, 1946, exactly FOUR days after Jack Johnson died on June 10, 1946.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Curry Worsham says:

    That was a beautiful ceremony. PDJT was absolutely in his element.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Lurker2 says:

      I don’t know how blacks came to think that Trump as President was going to be a problem for them. They acknowledge that 8 years of Obama as President didn’t help them at all. And prior to running for President there were no racial claims at all about Trump. It’s just so bizarre.

      Liked by 1 person

      • phoenixRising says:

        propaganda…
        works on ALL people… black, white, brown

        HRC started all the disinformation wrt Donald trump… that he’s a mobster (yeah, the queen of a crime syndicate accuses DJT of being a mobster – Alinsky m.o.), a womanizer, a racist (her s/s relate that she is racist, as well as folks who work campaigns with her, say she cannot stand for a black person to touch her)… she spread all this propaganda and now her devotees propagate the trash…

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    • Beverly says:

      Don King (at right in this picture) is a Republican, BTW. I saw him, hair standing on end, at the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC, working the Madison Square Garden arena floor between speakers, followed by a bevy of TV cameras. Quite the character.

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  26. getfitnow says:

    The Great White Hope, starring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander is a superb film based loosely on Jack Johnson’s life. Great acting by both main actors who were nominated for Oscars.

    Liked by 2 people

    • covfefe999 says:

      Does that film cover his wrongful conviction? I’m going to watch this during the weekend if I can find it online or on my on demand. Thanks for the info!

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  27. MaineCoon says:

    Never too late to right a wrong. Thank you Mr. President.

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  28. emet says:

    Johnson was interviewd by Coxes Corner a few years before he was killed. When asked about his toughest fight, he replied that it was the threats and hate that preceded his fight with Jeffries. Jeffries was not a racist and he and Johnson respected each other. In fact Jeffries did not really want the fight, he was happy growing alfalfa. But there was a movement to have a white man regain the championship, pushed along by Jack London. Plus Jeffries was offered $75,000, a fortune in those days. Jeffries trained hard for a yearand if you look at the photos and film he is buffed. Jeffries was an excellent athlete, very quick. But in the end, Johnson had a far superior technique. Much if Johnson’s life is a mystery, even with the books he wrote about himself, books by others about him, and a film. No, not a saint. But sn amazing American

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  29. Bree says:

    I love this so much. His family are so grateful. God bless them and their strong pursuit for justice. Thank you Mr. President. So awesome!!!

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  30. Bob Thoms says:

    P Trump ….boxing promoter.

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  31. Delibero says:

    I enjoy watching these videos where Trump is dealing with family members and various guests to the WH whether they are present and former heavyweight boxers and popular actors like Stallone or veterans and previously unknown Americans that are no longer forgotten.

    It’s the Donald Trump that the Trump haters will never see. It doesn’t fit their preconceived hateful perceptions of him.

    It was great to see a great, great…niece of Jack Johnston witness his long overdue official Presidential pardon in the WH. What a special day for her–and Jack.

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    • Dave says:

      I wonder if the msm or Mulehead will pounce on PDJT for being friends with Rocky who fought that Russian bad guy played by Dolph Lundgren? /sarc

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      • Delibero says:

        Dave:
        Anything is possible with people that let unrestrained hate rule their minds. Every time we think they can’t get any worse, they do.

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  32. steph_gray says:

    In college I owned the album by Jaimie Brockett in which he did a long “talking” comedy song based on a far earlier Lead Belly tune about Jack Johnson’s being refused passage on the Titanic (fictional, did not happen, but made for a clever story).

    The tune is called “Legend of the U.S.S. Titantic” and is pretty funny. It’s on youtube – I think it’s about half an hour. Kind of like “Alice’s Restaurant” but with a completely different story.

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  33. Piggy says:

    Zero pardoned Bradley Manning though…(sarc)

    I’m glad this was done. Our less then wonderful politicians can all stop using Mr. Johnson’s life to score political points. Takes a non-politician to get it done.

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  35. Countrywatch says:

    What a moving occasion. He speaks with his heart. He is a wonderful President.

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  36. socalbeliever#infinite says:

    I am so thankful his name is cleared, but so saddened all these long years of sorrow shame & affliction troubled his family and the man himself. Brought tears to my eyes as his niece spoke about the family’s hurt and shame. Those in power have the ability to create both joy and wreak destruction, and it is a travesty this injustice took over a century? to correct .. May GOD bless his descendants & finally give them peace. TY Pres Trump for clearing Mr. Johnson’s name & TY to Mr. Stallone & company for never giving up the fight on the champ’s behalf.

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  37. Now it is time, Mr. President, to pardon the Hammonds!!!!

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  38. D Rogers says:

    And the first media question was regarding John McCain… They have absolutely no clue what Americans – real Americans – care about. What a joke.

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