Angela Stanton-King is an American author, television personality, and motivational speaker based in Atlanta, Georgia. She spent two years in prison for conspiracy and was later pardoned by President Donald Trump. She is the Republican candidate for Georgia's 5th congressional district in the 2020 election.
Early life [ edit ]
Stanton-King was born in Cheverly, Maryland, and grew up in Buffalo, New York. As a child, she also lived in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is the goddaughter of Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr’s niece.
Conviction and presidential pardon [ edit ]
In 2004, Stanton-King was convicted on federal conspiracy charges for her role in a car theft ring and served two years in prison. She gave birth while serving her sentence. Stanton-King was pardoned by President Donald Trump in February 2020. 
Career [ edit ]
Media [ edit ]
After her release from prison, Stanton-King became an author (at first under the name Angela Stanton) and a reality show star. She wrote and edited a number of independently-published autobiographical books, one of which led to a legal dispute with The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks.
She has also appeared on the BET television program From the Bottom Up.
Politics [ edit ]
On March 6, 2020, Stanton-King officially launched a campaign to challenge incumbent Representative John Lewis for Georgia's 5th congressional district in the 2020 United States House of Representatives elections. She won the Republican primary in an uncontested race, with polls indicating Lewis was a heavy favorite in the general election. Lewis died after a battle with pancreatic cancer on July 17, 2020, and was replaced on the ballot by Nikema Williams, state senator and chair of the Georgia Democratic Party.
Stanton-King is part of a coalition of black supporters of Donald Trump.
She supported the First Step Act, which outlawed the handcuffing of women during childbirth. While in prison in 2004, she says she was shackled while giving birth, and that her daughter was “snatched from [her] arms 24 hours later”.
She supports the right to vote for anyone released after a felony conviction.
Stanton-King has made several anti-LGBTQ statements on Twitter, including comparing the LGBTQ rights movement to pedophilia.
According to NBC News, Stanton-King "has repeatedly tweeted the QAnon slogan". She has subsequently denied any belief in the conspiracy theory.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
- ^ Rogers, Katie; Taylor, Derrick Bryson; Murphy, Heather (July 11, 2020). "Trump Adds Roger Stone to His List of Pardons and Commutations" – via NYTimes.com.
- ^ King, Angela Stanton (2019-10-18). “Life of a Real House Wife”. Stanton Publishing House.
- ^ a b Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "After getting Trump pardon, Angela Stanton-King sets sights on Lewis". ajc.
- ^ Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "After getting Trump pardon, Angela Stanton-King sets sights on Lewis". ajc . Retrieved 2020-07-11 .
- ^ a b "Angela Stanton-King: Meet the Black Republican Woman Trying to Unseat Civil Rights Icon John Lewis". EURweb. June 10, 2020.
- ^ "Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency". The White House . Retrieved 2020-07-11 .
- ^ Baker, Peter; Goodman, J. David; Rothfeld, Michael; Williamson, Elizabeth (February 19, 2020). "The 11 Criminals Granted Clemency by Trump Had One Thing in Common: Connections" – via NYTimes.com.
- ^ Taylor, Derrick Bryson; Murphy, Heather; Padilla, Mariel (February 18, 2020). "A List of Trump's Pardons and Commutations" – via NYTimes.com.
- ^ Stanton, Angela (April 22, 2018). "Life of A Real Housewife: The Angela Stanton Story". Stanton Publishing House – via Google Books.
- ^ Stanton-King, Angela (October 30, 2019). "Dismissed with Prejudice: Phaedra Parks vs. Angela Stanton". Stanton Publishing House – via Google Books.
- ^ Stanton-King, Angela (October 30, 2019). "LIFE BEYOND THESE WALLS". Stanton Publishing House – via Google Books.
- ^ Stanton-King, Angela (February 9, 2019). "Juvenile Stories: Untold Stories From Within". Independently Published – via Google Books.
- ^ Stephanie Toone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "5 things to know about Phaedra Parks' battle over the 'Lies of a Real Housewife' book". ajc.
- ^ "Angela Stanton is a new cast member on BET's From the Bottom Up". February 26, 2018.
- ^ "Woman pardoned by Trump challenges Rep. John Lewis for Congressional seat". TheGrio. March 9, 2020.
- ^ "Angela Stanton-King, Ga. woman pardoned by Trump, to challenge Rep. John Lewis". The Washington Times . Retrieved July 1, 2020 .
- ^ "Georgia Primary Election Results: Fifth Congressional District" – via NYTimes.com.
- ^ "REP - US HOUSE DIST 5". Georgia Secretary of State . Retrieved June 9, 2020 .
- ^ a b Matthew Rosenberg and Jennifer Steinhauer (July 14, 2020). "The QAnon Candidates Are Here. Trump Has Paved Their Way". The New York Times . Retrieved July 14, 2020 . A month earlier, the Republican National Committee gave $2,200 to Angela Stanton-King, a House candidate in Georgia who has repeatedly posted QAnon content and obscure hashtags, such as “#trusttheplan.” The Georgia Republican Party gave an additional $2,800 to Ms. Stanton-King, who was pardoned this year by Mr. Trump for her role in a car-theft ring. She is expected to be roundly defeated in her heavily Democratic district. Ms. Stanton-King has since denied believing in any QAnon conspiracies. Yet in recent days she was again tweeting about “global elite pedophiles,” as well as a new conspiracy theory involving a purported child-trafficking ring run by an online furniture retailer.
- ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. (2020-07-17). "John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved 2020-07-20 .
- ^ Bluestein, Greg. "Democrats tap Nikema Williams to replace John Lewis on November ballot". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Retrieved 2020-07-20 .
- ^ "Meet the Black Republican Woman Trying to Unseat Civil Rights Icon John Lewis". The Washington Informer. June 10, 2020.
- ^ "These Political Candidates Are Embracing Their Criminal Records". The Marshall Project. June 23, 2020.
- ^ "GOP candidate pardoned by Trump compares 'LGBTQ movement' to 'pedophilia ' ". NBC News.
- ^ "A QAnon caucus? Fringe conspiracy theory advocates aim for Congress". NBC News.
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