Donald Trump apologizes convicted bank robber and three-time criminal Jon Ponder, who is now helping inmates – before the reformed convict speaks on the RNC's second night – to benefit from criminal justice reform
- Ponder, a three-time criminal, started the nonprofit Hope For Prisoners
- Trump called it a "beautiful testament for the power of salvation" in a video.
- The convicted Nevada criminal appeared on Fox News to discuss his work
- Ponder is reported to appear at a meeting with FBI agent Richard Beasley, who arrested him
- The move comes a day after the GOP convention attended by Herschel Walker, Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) And the black state legislature who accused the Democrats of running a "mental plantation."
On the eve of the second day of the Republican Convention, President Donald Trump apologized to Jon Ponder, a convicted bank robber and three-time felon who founded a nonprofit to help reintegrate prisoners into society.
"Jon, we honor your dedication to showing returning citizens that they will not be forgotten," Trump said in a video he released Tuesday that announced the pardon hours before Ponder was expected to appear at the largely virtual Republican Congress.
"I will continue to give all Americans, including ex-inmates, the best chance of building a new life and realizing their own American dream," Trump said.
President Donald Trump apologized to Jon Ponder, a convicted bank robber who started a nonprofit to help former prisoners on the eve of the second day of the Republican Convention
"Today I am very happy to see him again at the White House," said Trump, referring to the political rally he is holding there and the dismay of the Democrats who say it is an abuse of the federal building.
It was the second time in two days that Trump demonstrated the power of his office and asked the nation for his re-election. On Monday there was a surprise for the first day of the convention, on which he performed with Americans. His government helped free them from overseas captivity.
"He started one of the most successful re-entry programs, Hope For Prisoners, in Las Vegas," said Trump.
Ponder was first arrested at the age of 16 and founded the nonprofit in 2009.
Jon Ponder and Richard Beasley who arrested him
Trump hosted Ponder in the White House in 2018
President Trump signed the pardon in a congressional video
The news of the pardon was published hours before the convention began
Trump previously hosted Ponder at the White House for the national day of prayer and a graduation ceremony of hope for prisoners in February.
Ponder has already completed his sentence, but the pardon will restore other rights such as voting.
Ponder was due to appear at Congress Tuesday night with Richard Beasley, the FBI agent who arrested him, Fox News reported.
Trump praised Ponder's nonprofit the day after Congress came up with African American officials and candidates who talked about economic opportunity and destroyed Democrats.
Trump granted pardon to longtime informal adviser Roger Stone, who was found guilty of obstruction of Congress and manipulation of witnesses
Trump continues to get questions about whether he will pardon former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for corruption
“Hope for Prisoners is a movement that began as a dream in a tiny prison cell and is now changing the lives of thousands. It really does bring hope that there is an opportunity and a community that is waiting and ready to offer it a second chance. '
One of them, Georgia State representative Vernon Jones, accused the Democrats of running a "mental plantation."
Trump invited Ponder to a national day of prayer at the White House back in 2018, which also included Beasley, who had bonded with the man he had previously arrested.
“Your story reminds us that prayer changes hearts and changes lives. It uplifts the soul, inspires action and unites us all as one nation under God. So important, ”said Trump.
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