WATCH: Trump pardons former felon, Jon Ponder | 2020 RNC Night 2

President Donald Trump pardoned Jon Ponder, a former felon who started the non-profit re-entry program Hope for Prisoners while serving time for a number of bank robberies. He delivered the pardon in a video shown on Aug. 25-- the second night of the Republican National Conviction. Trump called Ponder’s story a “beautiful testament to redemption.” Ponder appeared with the FBI agent who arrested him, Rich Beasley, and said he hoped formerly incarcerated people would be given the opportunity to “take advantage of the fact that we live in a nation of second chances.” Beasley said he appreciated the president’s “support for law enforcement,” adding that “he knows the overwhelming percentage of law enforcement officers are good, smart people who are doing their jobs well.” The coronavirus pandemic upended both parties’ traditional conventions. Instead of in-person events, the program each night features a number of speakers and musical performances virtually across the country.

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