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Former NFL football player and philanthropist Jack Brewer demands that MSNBC host Joy Reid apologize for her tweet claiming a picture of young black boys attending an event in which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on anti-critical race theory “is synonymous with child abuse. ” Brewer explained that the boys in the picture are students on his education and mentorship programs and were well aware of why they attended the event.
“Joy Reid messed with the wrong boys,” Brewer told Fox News Digital on Monday, adding that he has also retained legal advice on a potential injury case.
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Reid had retweeted a message from Senator Shevrin Jones in Florida last Friday in which he attacked DeSantis for black children, who were photographed at the event where the governor signed “Stop Wake” bill into the law.
“This abuse of black boys is tantamount to child abuse. I really wanted to hear the background story of who these children were and how they ended up at a DeSantis event. Given how anti-black DeSantis is, black children use this way is extra sick, “Reid said in his tweet.
The children in the picture are part of programs that Brewer founded, including The Serving Institute and The Heroes program, which fall under the umbrella of his organization, The Jack Brewer Foundation.
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“We are a faith-based program where we stand firm on the word of God,” Brewer told Fox News Digital in a telephone interview Monday. “For people to be questioned … this is just a tragedy, and this is the problem of Black America. This is the problem of underserved communities right here. Joy Reid is the example of the crisis going on in Black America.”
“The biggest concern we both have is only for the safety and protection of my children and our program,” he continued. “We’ve received several phone calls from parents and different people who are obviously being called and harassed by people in connection with this crazy thing that Joy did.”
Reid updated her tweet over the weekend, saying sources informed her that the boys in the picture were from a charter school in Miami, claiming they might not know why they were at the DeSantis event.
Update: Heard from a Florida source today that these black boys, used by the United States’ most racist governor as props, came from a charter school in Miami (I will not name the school to spare them MAGA harassment / threats) and that they may not have known in advance why they were there, “Reid wrote.
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Brewer told Fox News Digital that the boys in the picture “knew exactly what they were for.” They had also supported DeSantis earlier, including earlier this month, when the governor signed a bill that provided more than $ 70 million to support paternity.
“It was explained to them on the bus … It was explained to them while they were there. Yes, my kids do not identify with CRT because we do not believe in it,” he said. “We believe in loving everyone and not separating people according to their skin color. That’s what we learn. Our program teaches to love this country. To love God first. To love their neighbor as themselves.”
Fox News Digital also spoke to an aunt and guardian of one of the boys in the photo, reinforced by Reid, who said that “people are sad on our behalf because they know these children have been taught to love, not hate and [have] hostility towards other people. “
“I just think it’s pretty outrageous that Joy Reid’s thought process is that people can not think independently about topics like CRT,” Jane Halbritter told Fox News Digital in a phone interview Monday.
Halbritter added that her nephews in Brewer’s programs are “very eloquent [CRT] and is just very, very sad and hurt by what [Reid] said. ”
“I wished [Reid] had asked them about it because they know what CRT is and why we are against it, “Halbritter continued.” I would not send them blindly into such a thing. “
MSNBC’s media team did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment regarding Brewer’s apology and that he retained legal advice.
DeSanti’s press secretary Christina Pushaw also weighed in on the case on Saturday, saying that all persons at the event were informed of the content of the bill.
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“I worked on this event and helped with the setup. My colleague talked to all the kids beforehand and told them what the problem was and what bills @GovRonDeSantis signed. Hundreds of people attended this event; the ~ 50 who ended up on stage chose freely to stand on stage, “tweeted Pushaw.
Fox News’ Lindsay Kornick contributed to this story.