The White House revealed on Friday, Oct. 25, that President Donald Trump would win the 2019 “Bipartisan Justice Award” from a bipartisan black advocacy group for his work on criminal justice reform.

The award was presented by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a group founded in 2015 by 20 black Republicans and 20 black Democrats, at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

According to Daily Caller, the press release from the White House stated:

“The Bipartisan Justice Award is the highest honor given annually to a public servant who has demonstrated the ability to work across the aisle to achieve meaningful progress in reforming our criminal justice system. The 2019 Bipartisan Justice award winner is President Donald J. Trump for his Bipartisan leadership in the passage of the historic First Step Act. The award is being given by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a nonprofit organization founded by 20 Black Republicans and 20 Black Democrats in 2015, to elevate the issue of criminal justice reform above partisan politics.”

Byron Donalds, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, shared his excitement on Twitter:

State Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla. District 80), at the podium, and Matthew Charles, one of the first inmates to benefit from the First Step Act of 2018, prepare to introduce President Donald Trump to the stage at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum on Oct. 25, 2019, at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. (Shealah Craighead/Official White House Photo)

The award ceremony took place during the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum, where several Democratic presidential candidates were scheduled to appear and discuss their plans to tackle the overhaul of criminal justice.

Previously, the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center celebrated the First Step Act, a major piece of legislation passed in late 2018 to reform criminal justice. The act was championed by Trump and received overwhelming bipartisan support, aims to reduce rates of prison recurrence by providing benefits to prisoners involved in programs and expands early release for elderly and nonviolent offenders.

In the past, the Bipartisan Justice Center gave awards to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and others.

The following are the comments of President Trump at the event: