(National Sentinel) Healing: On Tuesday White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that President Donald J. Trump will be traveling to Mississippi to attending the grand opening of a civil rights museum, prompting questions about the appropriateness of the visit from American Urban Radio reporter April Ryan.
Ryan, who has a reputation for frequently badgering Sanders, asked if Trump’s visit was appropriate, given that some black ministers and various members of the NAACP are protesting it.
“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 responded that it was “sad” some people felt that way.
“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 [the]civil rights movement and the progress that we’ve made, and I would hope those individuals join in instead of protesting,” she said.
Ryan persisted, however, suggesting again that the president is a bigot by asking if his statement about the riots in Charlottesville, N.C., earlier this year would be seen as an “insult” to blacks in attendance.
“They take it as an insult that he’s coming,” Ryan pressed. “As we’ve had issues of Charlottesville. The president didn’t get his statement straight on Charlottesville…”
Sanders slammed the door on that line of questioning, however.
“I think his statement was very clear. He made it very clear. He’s against violence and bigotry,” said Sanders.
Following the riots there, in which one person was killed, Trump said:
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
Soon after, the president issued a second statement: “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.”
Democrats and minorities claim that Trump’s statement about “both sides” — white nationalists and Antifa Leftists — being responsible for the violence was racist and bigoted.
But the FBI and Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration had labeled Antifa supporters’ violence aimed at conservatives and Trump supporters as “domestic terrorism” a year earlier, which seemingly justified Trump’s claim.
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