President Trump knows how to do TV, and this was pretty good TV.
But I’m not that cynical about it. I think Trump cares about people like this. I do.
“Two years ago, I was honored to tell Jon Ponder’s story of transformation in the Rose Garden on the National Day of Prayer,” Trump said during a video made for the Republican convention, in which he was accompanied by Ponder and the FBI agent who arrested him. “Jon’s life is a beautiful testament to the power of redemption.”
He noted that in prison after being convicted of bank robbery, Ponder studies the bible and later founded “Hope for Prisoners,” a Nevada program that helps ex-cons get back on their feet.
And then, this happened.