Mr. Trump last week commuted the sentence of Dinesh D’Souza, a prominent conservative author and filmmaker convicted of campaign finance violations, and suggested that he might use his clemency power on behalf of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois and Martha Stewart, the lifestyle guru.

President Trump also pardoned four people whose cases were championed by conservatives or celebrities, including Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff known for his tough approach to immigration; I. Lewis Libby Jr., the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney; Jack Johnson, the black boxing legend; and Kristian Saucier, a former Navy sailor.

Alice Marie Johnson has been locked up in federal prison in Alabama for 29 1/2 years, .. since 1996 on charges related to cocaine distribution and money laundering. The drug ring  Ms. Johnson was connected to and working for moved substantial amounts of cocaine onto the streets of Memphis over a period of years. 

Kim Kardashian succeeded in getting president Trump to commute 63 year old Johnson’s life sentence on Wednesday.
Here’s a reminder. International cartels, terrorist organizations, and criminal street gangs thrive off of narcotics sales.

The deal-making president took the commutations one step further. He asked the NFL kneelers for the names of people they want released from prison.

The NFL kneelers must remember the consequences of the so-called “nonviolent drug offenders” who use violence to maintain control over their territory. Battling for turf and control and drug profits, drug dealers and their gangs are in open violent warfare with other gangs. Are shootings on the nightly news drug-related?  Lots of times they are.  

Drug traffic is a continuous bloodbath between rival gangs. Their violence has claimed the innocent lives of many innocent bystanders.  Some drug-users are very, very dangerous individuals who do not belong in our neighborhoods.
The act of selling drugs means the user may now become dependent, may die from an overdose, and may commit crimes such as burglary and robbery to obtain money to buy drugs.

The act of selling drugs causes a multiplier effect on the commission of crimes. The buyer may likely commit crimes to obtain money to buy. The distributor to the seller most likely committed crimes to obtain the drugs to have the seller sell. And if the seller is in prison, then that means he has not cooperated fully with the police to supply the names of his suppliers. The seller is a vital cog in the drug distribution system.

One of our judges thinks 80% of the criminal cases in America are drug-user-related crimes to obtain money to buy drugs. This does not even take into account the heartbreak of parents of drug-using young people and the effect on drug-users health.

Let’s make sure the NFL kneelers and president Trump send the right message to the sellers and users of drugs by not referring to drug dealers as “nonviolent” criminals. In your heart remember the families of those who die from a drug overdose that was bought from “nonviolent” drug dealers..