The press secretary made an announcement on the White House press briefing that the president will visit Mississippi this weekend and while on it, he will take part of the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
Later, she was asked, if the visit was a good idea – American Urban Radio reporter April Ryan asked about members of the NAACP and black ministers who are protesting the visit.
“I’ve heard of comments from the NAACP from black ministers that are planning on protesting this weekend for the planned visit to the Civil Rights Museum. Do you have any comment on that?” Ryan asked.
Sanders said all of that is “sad” and added:
“I would say it is something that should bring us as a nation together and celebrate the opening of this museum, as well as highlighting civil rights movement and all the progress that we’ve made. I would hope the ones that plan the protest to join in instead of protesting.”
Ryan continued with questioning, additionaly asking the following:
“They take it as an insult – as we’ve had issues of Charlottesville. President Trump didn’t get his statement straight on Charlottesville…”
Sanders cut her off, slamming the door on the line of questioning:
I think the statement he gave was very clear, the guy is against every form of violence and bigotry.
After the riots in Charlottesville, he said:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.
Later, he released one more statement:
Racism is evil, as well as the ones that cause violence in its name – they are all criminals, including KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as proud American citizens. The ones that spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of our country.
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