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Gov. Scott Criticizes Jesse Jackson Over Comments

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Rev. Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Trayvon Martin family, join together in a protest march just prior to a town hall meeting in Sanford, Florida. The teenager's family addressed the town hall meeting along with Rev. Al Sharpton. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

Rev. Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Trayvon Martin family, join together in a protest march just prior to a town hall meeting in Sanford, Florida. The teenager’s family addressed the town hall meeting along with Rev. Al Sharpton. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is sharply criticizing Jesse Jackson over comments he made while joining a Capitol protest.

Jackson spent time this week with a group upset with the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. They’ve refused to leave the Capitol until Scott calls a special session and asks legislators to overhaul the state’s self-defense laws.

Scott so far has refused the request.

The veteran activist criticized the state as the “Selma of our time” and made a comparison of Scott to former Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Selma, Alabama was the site of civil rights protests and clashes with police during the ’60s.

Scott in a release blasted Jackson’s comments as “reckless” and “divisive.” He says that Jackson should apologize for his remarks, which he also called insulting.

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