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President Trump Pardons Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Johnson

President Trump just did something many people had hoped Barack Obama would have done. He issued a full pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion.

Johnson had been charged and convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913, accused of transporting a white woman – his girlfriend who would later become his wife – across state lines “for immoral purposes.”

He was convicted by an all-white jury in less than two hours and imprisoned for nearly a year, destroying his legendary boxing career.

“He served 10 months for what many view as a racially motivated injustice,” the President said, adding that “he was treated very rough, very tough.”

“I’ve issued an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon posthumously to Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world,” President Trump announced, surrounded by Sylvester Stallone, three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, and a host of other modern day fighters.

Stallone had presented Johnson’s story to Trump for consideration.

Stallone praised Trump for his decision, posting an Instagram image of their meeting in the Oval Office.

“Thank you one and all!” he wrote. “Justice has been done!”

President Trump signaled that it was the right time to finally correct an injustice.

“It’s my honor to do it,” he proudly announced. “It’s about time.”

The President took a subtle shot at his predecessor for not pardoning Johnson, something many bipartisan officials requested on numerous occasions.

A resolution had been presented in 2015, but as Trump explained, “they couldn’t get the president to sign it.”

Even Senator John McCain admitted pardoning Johnson would be a good thing.

“I hope President Trump will seize the opportunity before him to right this historical wrong and restore a great athlete’s legacy,” he said in March of 2017 after another bipartisan resolution had been introduced.

He did just that. Let’s see how long it takes for those opposed to Trump to turn this around and make it a negative story. (RELATED: Heavyweight Champion George Foreman Grilled On His Support Of Trump).

Should Trump have pardoned Jack Johnson? Tell us what you think below!

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • Absolutely! What happened to Jack Johnson in 1915 should never happen to another African American ever again!

  • ...had Jack Johnson been a rabid muslim jihadist...as Cassius Clay was...ohbummer would have pardoned him and probably announced an annual holiday in his honor...but since Jack had the nerve to marry a white woman there's no way the muslim usurper would even consider pardoning him...

  • Trump did this because it was the right thing to do , he would never do something that he disagreed with just to look good to the libtards .

    Trump has supported the African American community for decades and he has been fighting to offer school choice for children which would provide a much better education for them but democrats say no .

    Democrats are against school choice because a better education will most likely result in lost votes for them and a lost vote is much more important than allowing black children a better life.

    Dem's are pure evil.

  • That was an excellent decision. You have to have a set of ba!ls to act on something and that is something that sleaze bag Obama never had now ever will. President Trump has a huge set and is doing his best to make right wrongs that were done in the past that past presidents have avoided to keep from having to deal with them. Go POTUS!!

  • This was so right!
    Thank you President Trump for righting a wrong done long ago.
    Why other Presidents never did this is only speculation on my part, but for those who knew about Jack Johnson and didn't do this were either racist or misguided; I'm sure there are a couple who just didn't know about the impropriety of this.
    Thank God for President Trump.

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