Sarah Sanders announced during the White House press briefing Tuesday that President Trump would visit Mississippi this weekend. On his trip, Trump will participate in the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
Sanders was asked later in the briefing if Trump’s visit to the civil rights museum was a good idea. American Urban Radio reporter April Ryan asked about various members of the NAACP and black ministers who are protesting the visit.
“There are comments from people from the NAACP from black ministers who are planning on protesting and boycotting this weekend for the president’s visit to the Civil Rights Museum. What say you?” Ryan asked.
Sanders called the planned protests to Trump’s visit “sad,” saying:
I think that would be honestly very sad. I think this is something that should bring the country together, to celebrate the opening of this museum and highlighting civil rights movement and the progress that we’ve made and I would hope those individuals join in instead of protesting.
Ryan continued her questioning, asking if Trump’s statement on the riots in Charlottesville would be seen as an “insult” to those in attendance. Ryan said “They take it as an insult that he’s coming. As we’ve had issues of Charlottesville. The president didn’t get his statement straight on Charlottesville…”
Sanders cut Ryan off, slamming the door on the line of questioning:
I think he’s statement was very clear. He made it very clear. He’s against violence and bigotry.
After the riots in Charlottesville, Trump said:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.
The president released another statement soon thereafter stating:
Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.
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