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Fact Check: Gov. Reeves Falsely Accuses Rep. Thompson of Supporting Hamas

U.S. House Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has never supported Hamas terrorists despite false accusations Republican Gov. Tate Reeves hurled at the State’s only Black congressman over the weekend. Hamas is the ruling political organization in Gaza that launched a bloody terrorist attack on Oct. 7, killing more than 1,400 in Israel as militants took at least 199 people hostage.

In social media posts on Friday, Oct. 13, Reeves called on Brandon Presley, his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 7 election for governor, “to return the money that Bennie Thompson raised for him at their DC fundraisers” because “Presley should not accept funds from those who oppose Israel and side with terrorists.”

But Thompson, the Democratic ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee, spent much of last week publicly condemning Hamas and vowing to support Israel in interviews on MSNBC, Mississippi Public Broadcasting and on Twitter.

While speaking with MSNBC host Katie Phang on Oct. 8, the congressman warned that unless U.S. House Republicans choose a new speaker of the House soon, “Israel is at risk” because Congress will not be able to pass funds to help. On Oct. 10, Thompson, who represents Mississippi’s 2nd congressional district, tweeted that the U.S. “is in total solidarity with Israel and we condemn the actions on Hamas.”

Reeves’ accusation did not stem from anything the Democratic congressman did or said but was baked on the fact that Thompson was among 13 Democrats who did not cosponsor a House resolution condemning Hamas and vowing to support Israel. Failing to cosponsor a resolution does not indicate whether a member will vote for or against it, but the bill will not come up for a vote until Republicans select a speaker. Thompson’s office did not respond to a request for comment by press time this morning.

Rep. Bennie Thompson hosted a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., for Mississippi Democratic candidate for governor Brandon Presley on Oct. 5, 2023.

On Oct. 12, the day before the Republican governor falsely accused the representative of supporting Hamas, Thompson told MPB that “we have to support Israel and help them defend

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