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Political figures react to President Trump's planned visit to Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Local leaders are reacting further to the news of President Trump's visit after the White House confirmed the trip Tuesday. 

Those who seem to be speaking the loudest are those who oppose the president's visit to Jackson.

"This has nothing to do with the president being a Republican president. It does not. It has everything to do with the man himself," said Jacqueline Amos, the Chair of the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee.

Amos issued a statement earlier in the day, on behalf of the DEC, saying: 

"Any reasonable person knows that the presence of such a hugely divisive and polarizing figure will pervert and diminish what could otherwise be a healing and teaching moment for our state."

The NAACP weighed in as well, criticizing the visit. 

Derrick Johnson, the president for Mississippi's state conference of the NAACP, and the agency's national CEO called Trump's attendance to the museum opening "an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement."

On Twitter, people are questioning Trump's motives, calling him disrespectful and bringing up his delay in condemning white nationalists.

"Let's put it this way," said Amos, "for the purpose of the Civil Rights Museum, and why it was constructed, and the thought and preparation that went into it, I don't think Mr. Trump could ever understand that." 

WLBT and FOX40 reached out to Republican Representative Greg Snowden. He didn't get back to us, but he did tweet Monday saying "Forget Partisanship. Embrace the Moment for Mississippi."

The Mississippi GOP never got back to us either.

We also contacted Republican Senator Roger Wicker's office plans to be at the museum opening Wednesday.

Senator Wicker sent a statement Wednesday saying, “The President of the United States is welcome in Mississippi. His visit to celebrate our bicentennial would give our state an incredible opportunity to showcase the people and stories that make our state so unique.”

Governor Phil Bryant didn't respond Tuesday when asked if he knew when he or the president would be arriving at the museum on Saturday.

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