Actor Isaiah Washington visited the White House to celebrate the passage of historic prison reforms this week.
The former Grey’s Anatomy cast member wrote about his excitement and lauded President Donald Trump’s support of the bipartisan First Step Act on social media. At the same time, he called out President Barack Obama for failing to give him “any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda.”
I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand. Not once in 8 years was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda, but 45 invites me to the WH to celebrate the #FirstStepAct 🤷🏾♂️— Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) April 1, 2019
Washington documented his trip to D.C., noting in one post that it had been a while since he’d been to the White House. He said that he’s never identified himself as a Democrat or a Republican, but some who will work with anyone “as long as things get done.”
His words sparked much debate about Trump’s track record on criminal justice, including reminders of his insistence that the black and Latino young men involved in the infamous Central Park Five case were guilty, even after DNA evidence proved they were not.
In another tweet, Washington addressed allegations that he’s anti-gay. In 2007, he was fired from Grey’s Anatomy after using a homophobic slur in the press room at the 2007 Golden Globes. He was addressing reports that he’d used the term to refer to co-star T.R. Knight on the set of the hospital drama.
Funny how the liberal MSM supports the narratives that I’m homophobic. I’m not. That I’m crazy. I’m not. That I’m ignorant. I’m not, but are scrambling trying to ‘save the legacy’ of 44 after one tweet? I’m ‘supposed’ to be a ‘has been’ and ‘irrelevant’, but making world news? 🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/QrEgh81drb— Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) April 4, 2019
He also urged voters to learn more about the new legislation, which he believes to be better than what Obama’s administration wanted.
I know we are in a “Headline Society” don’t take time to read, but you need to read and understand what the #FirstStepAct 🇺🇸 is all about and also understand why this bill is better than what the last administration was trying to push through. THIS: https://t.co/HBoVu6He1o— Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) April 5, 2019
After leaving Grey’s Anatomy, Washington appeared on the first four seasons of the CW post-apocalyptic drama The 100. He returned to the Shonda Rimes show to mixed reactions in 2014, so his character could tie things up with Sandra Oh’s character before she checked out of Seattle Grace.
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