Former NFL player Jack Brewer spoke on the third night of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 26, 2020. Brewer said that African Americans have benefited from Trump’s leadership in the White House, and pushed back on reporting about the president’s reaction to white supremacists and alt-right protesters who provoked violence in Charlottesville in 2017. "You’re going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there were ‘very fine white supremacists’ in Charlottesville," Brewer asked. The president did say that there were “very fine people, on both sides,” at the events in Charlottesville, adding, “you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest, and very legally protest.” He received blowback for condoning violence, particularly because a peaceful 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, was killed by a white supremacist while at that protest. Brewer also said that Biden and Harris were responsible for locking up “countless” Black Americans for nonviolent crimes. Biden has been criticized by criminal justice activists for helping to write the 1994 crime bill — which some say led to higher levels of mass incarceration — and last year apologized for some aspects of his anti-crime legislation. Harris has been criticized for what some say was a “tough on crime” stance when she served as California’s Attorney General, but when she ran for president this year, proposed a plan to scale back incarceration and end the death penalty, among other measures.
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