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'Mr. President, we don’t need you in Mississippi.' Protests as Trump speaks at new civil rights museum

'Mr. President, we don’t need you in Mississippi.' Protests as Trump speaks at new civil rights museum

President Trump made a brief visit to Mississippi’s capital on Saturday to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum as his presence sparked a boycott by lawmakers, civil rights icons and protesters who questioned his commitment to racial equality.

“Trump does not care about human rights! Much less: civil rights!” and “Make America Civil Again” read some signs as about 200 protesters gathered outside the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in downtown Jackson.

The building, which along with a companion state history museum opened at a cost $90 million, is the first state-owned civil rights museum in the nation. It launched as Americans grapple with growing racial divisions...

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