Trump avoided making any obviously atonal or offensive statements during his speech, but it was discordant to hear him laud the kind of pioneering voting rights activism featured in the museum, given both his administration and political party’s record on access to voting rights.
Trump read from what appeared to be a prepared speech at a podium in an event space in the museum.
“The civil rights museum records the oppression and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to end slavery, to break down Jim Crow, to end segregation, to gain the right to vote, to achieve the sacred birthrights of equality here,” Trump said in the speech. “Here we memorialize great men and women who struggled to sacrifice and sacrifice so much so that others might live in freedom. “
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