Alice Marie Johnson responds to Politico tweet: 'I'm not a prop'

Alice Marie Johnson responds to Politico tweet: 'I'm not a prop'
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Republican Nation Convention speaker Alice Marie Johnson, a 65-year-old Black woman whose prison sentence was commuted by President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE, said Friday she is not "a prop" in response to a tweet from Politico.

"What amazes me about the things that are being said is that another former prisoner spoke at the [Democratic National Convention] last week, and she was not called a prop for choosing to speak there, yet I don't have the choice to speak where I want to," Johnson said during an interview on "Fox & Friends."

"I'm not a prop, and I'm not a puppet. I make my own choices as to what I'd like to do," Johnson added later. 


Johnson, who spoke Thursday night at the GOP convention, had her prison sentence commuted by Trump in June 2018 after 21 years in prison.

Johnson was convicted of drug conspiracy and money laundering in 1996. Her case was first brought to the president's attention by reality TV star Kim KardashianKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestHow to turn the tide on vaccine hesitancy: Apply an algorithm that actually works Michael B. Jordan to rename his rum brand after appropriation accusations Kim Kardashian West sued by domestic workers, accused of improper pay, not giving breaks MORE West, who is also a prominent prison reform activist.

The president also invited Johnson to his February State of the Union address. She received a standing ovation after Trump shared her story and commutation.

Politico tweeted Thursday night following Johnson's address to note that she has been a key figure in Trump's criminal justice reform push, while adding that "she's been propped up as one of the most prominent beneficiaries of the terms of the First Step Act."

The text for the tweet was taken from a reporter live chat on the outlet's website.


The tweet drew blowback on social media:

Politico did not immediately provide a comment to The Hill.