A Jamaican immigrant, who owns a business in Queens, explained that after former President Barack Obama failed to meet the expectations of African Americans, President Donald J. Trump has become the best option for people in her community, Fox News reported.
“I voted for President Obama. I did so with the hopes that he would do more for African Americans,” recalled Scherie Murray, who is now seeking the Republican nomination for the 14th District of New York to face controversial Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2020.
“I thought that [Obama] would … be the one to reverse some of the layers of Joe Biden’s crime bill, but he didn’t. He was weak on criminal justice reform,” she said in Fox Nation’s “No Interruption with Tomi Lahren.”
“President Trump came in,” she continued, “and delivered the First Step Act. Now he’s onto the Second Step Act. Not only has he delivered on his promise to the American people, but he’s doing more for African Americans than any other president has done in my lifetime,” Murray said.
The prison reform bill known as the First Step Act was enacted by President Donald Trump in 2018 and had bipartisan support. It was implemented as a measure to give second chances to inmates who serve prison sentences for nonviolent crimes.
The implementation of the reform in several states of the country has managed to reduce crime, generate a decrease in the number of inmates, and create savings for taxpayers, described Daily Signal.
In April, the president announced plans for the Second Step Act aimed at reducing labor barriers for those released. The regulation “will be focused on successful re-entry and reduced unemployment for Americans with past criminal records,” the president emphasized, according to the Washington Examiner.
Host Tomi Lahren asked Murray how she plans to beat her rival Ocasio-Cortez, who already has the backing of nearly half the registered voters in her congressional district, according to the Siena University Research Institute poll released in April.
“I think it would be necessary to debate someone like AOC to show how contrasted we are in terms of our policy positions,” replied Murray.
“My history and grass-roots community-building versus her history on the Twitter limelight and trying to do the late-night shows, all of those things combined are not what we need our legislators to focus on,” he added.
Murray argued that it is necessary to have someone who cares about attracting jobs to the community instead of taking them away, noting that Ocasio-Cortez—with her opposition and criticisms—”killed the Amazon deal, which would have brought some 25,000 jobs back to the community.”
“We need someone who’s focused on uniting the community instead of dividing the community. And we need someone who’s more focused on the policies that better quality of life than the limelight,” she said.
In that context, she said it was time to put aside these “nonsensical policy pushes that are going to keep government’s hands in the pocketbooks of everyday Americans,” she said.
“We heard [Ocasio Cortez] talk about the Green New Deal. We heard her talk about “Medicare for All,” college for all … it’s going to continue to cost the American taxpayers, everyone in Queens and the Bronx that wakes up every day and works hard, hard for that dollar,” she argued.
Murray, who came to the United States at age 9 from Jamaica, became a citizen at age 18. ” All of these things sort of shaped who I am,” said the 38-year-old businesswoman, “coming to this country and working hard, going through the education system, learning and doing things the right way, I think is why my candidacy is so important,” she said.
“I do believe I’m living the American dream. I’ve seen my parents work hard, tirelessly,” she concluded.