Libertarian presidential candidate Dr. Jo Jorgensen lambastes Trump’s arrogance for citing good behavior as reason for Tanner’s commutation
GREENVILLE, S.C.; October 26, 2020— “Duke Tanner is a much nicer person than I am,” said Dr. Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian for president, of the federal prisoner whose sentence President Trump has commuted.
Charles “Duke” Tanner, who had been imprisoned since 2004 for a nonviolent drug offense, is one of five people to whom President Trump granted clemency last Wednesday.
“I’m super grateful at being granted clemency by the President of the United States,” Tanner said on Thursday.
A White House press statement cited the five prisoners’ good behavior as Trump’s reason for granting clemency.
“How about releasing these nonviolent ‘drug offenders’ because they never hurt anyone and should never have been arrested, prosecuted, or sentenced in the first place?” asked Jorgensen, who appears on the ballot in all 50 states and D.C. this election. “Stealing the prime years of a person’s life and then demanding they be good boys and girls to get an ‘early’ release is the height of arrogance.”
After his release on Thursday, Tanner was reunited with his eighteen-year old son, who was only two years old when he lost his father to prison.
“At least it’s better treatment than Tanner got from President Obama, who denied his clemency,” said Jorgensen. “For most people, it’s better to grovel at the feet of an overlord than to spend another fourteen years in prison separated from your son.”
“It’s shocking to me that, after a half-century-long, failed drug war that has incarcerated millions — mostly people of color — we still have more than 70,000 nonviolent offenders rotting away in federal prisons and another 300,000 in state prisons and jails.
“What happened to my fellow baby boomers who figured out fifty years ago that the drug prohibition was nothing more than a redux of the alcohol prohibition: counterproductive and deadly?” she asked. “Why are candidates who allow this farce of a ‘war’ to persist not laughed at or shunned, much less nominated to be president?”
“Biden is even worse than Trump,” she said. “Biden championed the 1994 Crime Bill, eager to lock away hundreds of thousands of Americans who had harmed no one else. He’s shown zero willingness to set free those who remain locked up for anything other than a marijuana offense, should he be elected.”
“Biden further demonstrated his callous disregard for peaceful American citizens when he selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate,” Jorgensen continued. “The senator’s zeal for winning political points by locking up innocent people is legendary.”
“Americans can demand an end to this injustice by voting for me this election,” she said.
“A vote for me tells both Donald Trump and Joe Biden that locking up people for years for a made-up crime where no one was hurt is completely unacceptable in the ‘land of the free.’”
“A vote for me says it’s time to set free — now — every prisoner convicted of a nonviolent drug offense, for which there was no victim, and to end the failed and unjust Drug War.”
“A vote for me, Jo Jorgensen, is a vote for a Drug Peace,” she said.