Showing posts with label Rep. Bennie Thompson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rep. Bennie Thompson. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

WATCH: Rep. Bennie Thompson’s full opening statement in House investigation of Jan. 6

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., addressed the House select committee appointed to investigate the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol during its first hearing July 27. The chairman of the committee said that part of the goal of the investigation was to understand how the “big lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election festered and continued to spread, ultimately resulting in the deadly attack. Members of the Metropolitan Police Department and U.S. Capitol Police testified about the violence and fear they experienced that day, and how the attack has continued to affect them.

Watch his entire statement below. Warning: Video and audio played during this clip contains violence and explicit language.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Rep. Bennie Thompson statement on the white supremacy group gathering at the Emmett Till Memorial

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS 2nd District) released a statement regarding the white supremacy group gathering at the Emmett Till Memorial.

“The fact that people are still attempting to sow division in Mississippi is sad. This the only memorial in America that has to be bulletproof. In the past, the signs have been stolen, thrown in the river. The vandalism has been targeted, and it has been persistent. The signs were placed near the spot where Till’s body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River in 1955. The 14-year-old African American was tortured and killed by two white men after false accusations that he flirted with a white woman. His death became an important catalyst in the civil rights movement. Those who continue to deface this memorial are saying to the world that Till’s death was justified. Unfortunately, being stupid and racist is not a crime. However, their symbols of hate portrayed at the Emmett Till memorial continues to put Missississippi in a bad light and is further proof that we still have a long way to go in the fight for racial justice.”


Thursday, June 06, 2019

Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson supports impeachment.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS 2nd District) believes President Trump should face impeachment.

Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, released the following statement in response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s first public statement on the Russian investigation.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Mississippi Gov. ignores work of Rep. Bennie Thompson, takes credit for Medgar Ever's home being named a national monument

Last month, Congress passed a massive lands bill that, among other things, added four national monuments, including Medgar Evers' home located in Jackson, Mississippi. President Donald Trump signed the legislation into law earlier this week.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, a Trump ally, felt it appropriate to thank the president and the state's Republican senators, but left out Bennie Thompson the African American congressman who has worked over the years, has testified at hearings, proposed legislation and called for a study of the feasibility of the National Park Service taking over the Evers' home.

"Thank you to @realDonaldTrump for signing legislation today to designate Medgar and Myrlie Evers home as a National Monument," he tweeted. "@SenatorWicker & @SenHydeSmith have worked very hard on this for some time and are to be commended."

The head of the Congressional Black Caucus weighed in Friday on a simmering dispute in Mississippi over who deserves credit for the push to designate civil rights icon Medgar Evers' home a national monument.

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, called Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant "despicable" and accused him of ignoring the work of Rep. Bennie Thompson, the lone Democrat and African-American in the state's delegation, who has advocated for years for Evers' home to be named a national monument.

"I don’t know much about the governor of Mississippi, but he is clearly despicable," Bass said in a call with reporters Friday. "There is no way in the world that he should not have acknowledged the decades of work that Congressman Bennie Thompson has put in. So for him to specifically ignore him is really just an example of his pettiness."

“You can take my word the entire Congressional Black Caucus was highly offended that he would be so disrespectful of one our most important members and a member who chairs a full committee – the Homeland Security Committee," Bass said. “For him to disrespect him in the manner that he did, I hope the governor of Mississippi knows that the slight will not go unnoticed."

Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, told SiriusXM radio host Joe Madison Friday she was "incensed'' that only a few were credited, noting that Thompson and others worked for 16 years to get the historic designation.

"I have given too much to sit down and be quiet about something that I feel is unjust,'' said the 87-year-old civil rights veteran. "How dare that be taken and given credit to one or two people who are new."

Thompson tweeted: