*From:* "Gillman, Todd" <xxx@dallasnews.com>
*Date:* December 9, 2017 at 11:30:10 AM CST
*Subject:* *travel pool #4/Mississippi Civil Rights Museum*

President Trump arrived at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum at about 10:40 am and departed at 11:20, give or take. In between he took a brief tour, and spoke for about 9 minutes to an invite-only crowd. Pool did not see any protests inside or outside.

ReubenAnderson, the states first African American Supreme Court justice, helped lead a private tour for Trump and Ben Carson (more later on that). Speaking before Gov. Phil Bryant introduced the president, Anderson said: Weve been through a whole lot, weve seen a whole lot, but were a forgiving and loving state.They took lives, they took a whole lot of things. The museum, he said, is kind of a thank you to those who made the sacrifices to secure equality.

Trump began speaking at 11:05. Several hundred invited guests in an auditorium.

I do love Mississippi. Its a great place, Trump said.

These buildings embody the hope that has lived in the hearts of every American for generations. The hope for a future that is more just and is more free. He spoke of the fight to end slavery, to break down Jim Crow, to end segregation, to gain the right to vote, and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality. Thats big stuff. Those are very big phrases. Very big words. Here we memorialize the brave men and women who struggled to sacrifice, and sacrifice so much, so that others might live in freedom.


He name checked Martin Luther King Jr., calling him a man who I studied and watched admired for my entire life. And James Meredith, a student persecuted for demanding the same rights as other students. The nine students who sat stoic at the Jackson Public Library, and bravely. And finally, martyrs like Sgt. Medgar Wiley Evers... he fought in Normandy in the Second World War and returned to fight against grave injustices against very innocent people.

I just want to say hello to Myrlie she got a standing ovation.

Trump did not mention Rep. John Lewis.

Today we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past, and dedicate ourselves to build a future of freedom, equality, justice and peace.


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Todd J. Gillman
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