What started as an unexpected phone call Wednesday night from Sen. Rand Paul’s office for Christopher 2X quickly became a moment he’ll never forget.”At that point, she told me that President Trump had granted me a federal pardon,” said 2X.The Louisville activist, known for his 20 years of work in the area for helping families impacted by gun violence was federally pardoned by President Donald Trump for drug charges back in the 1990s. A phone call from Sen. Paul followed up”He had let me know he talked to President Trump and President Trump had expressed that he was really enthused about giving this pardon to me based on the body of work over the two decades,” 2X told WLKY.2X had already been pardoned on the state level by then Gov. Matt Bevin back in 2019.”I didn’t ask for any of this, from the state or the feds. From Bevin or President Trump,” said 2X.It’s true, he didn’t according to State Director for Sen. Paul, Rob Givens.”He had made peace with what had happened in the past, he was at peace at what he was doing and the contribution he was making to the community,” said Givens.Paul’s office is one of several moving parts behind the scenes responsible for this. For 2X, who will now have his voting rights restored, he believes this is bigger than him.”I plan on using this connection to a White House pardon as a tool to have conversations to young people about redemption,” 2X told WLKY.Redemption he says can be motivation for those with similar pasts.”If you’re going to see me as some example, know that I didn’t give up. I had this attitude that I’m not giving up and I started to see a better day when days were really dark, bottom line,” said 2X.

What started as an unexpected phone call Wednesday night from Sen. Rand Paul’s office for Christopher 2X quickly became a moment he’ll never forget.

“At that point, she told me that President Trump had granted me a federal pardon,” said 2X.

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The Louisville activist, known for his 20 years of work in the area for helping families impacted by gun violence was federally pardoned by President Donald Trump for drug charges back in the 1990s. A phone call from Sen. Paul followed up

“He had let me know he talked to President Trump and President Trump had expressed that he was really enthused about giving this pardon to me based on the body of work over the two decades,” 2X told WLKY.

2X had already been pardoned on the state level by then Gov. Matt Bevin back in 2019.

“I didn’t ask for any of this, from the state or the feds. From Bevin or President Trump,” said 2X.

It’s true, he didn’t according to State Director for Sen. Paul, Rob Givens.

“He had made peace with what had happened in the past, he was at peace at what he was doing and the contribution he was making to the community,” said Givens.

Paul’s office is one of several moving parts behind the scenes responsible for this. For 2X, who will now have his voting rights restored, he believes this is bigger than him.

“I plan on using this connection to a White House pardon as a tool to have conversations to young people about redemption,” 2X told WLKY.

Redemption he says can be motivation for those with similar pasts.

“If you’re going to see me as some example, know that I didn’t give up. I had this attitude that I’m not giving up and I started to see a better day when days were really dark, bottom line,” said 2X.

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