Rep. John Lewis Is Protesting Trump's Visit To A Civil Rights Museum

John Lewis

John Lewis

The White House said it was "unfortunate" the congressmen were skipping the event.

U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that he won't speak at the opening of MS civil rights and history museums, saying it's an "insult" that President Donald Trump will attend.

In a joint statement, the congressmen wrote: "President Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum". "America can't really turn a corner with regards to its racist and violent past and present until the South, and particularly a state like MS, confronts it - and confronts it unflinchingly", said Gaude, who is a MS native. Not only did he harshly criticized the President, but he instructed Mississippians to visit the museum only "After President Trump departs".

The White House expressed disappointment in their decision. "No", Moak said. He added that though the opening is meant to be a "special event", "Trump's visit will tamp that down".

Lewis' comments came less than a day after he expressed doubts about whether he could "live with myself" if he appeared on the same program as his political nemesis at this weekend's ribbon-cutting of the museum in Jackson, Miss.

"I'm the same age as Trump".

He said he planned to boycott the inauguration for the first time in three decades, which he did. "Trump doesn't care nothing about black folks and poor people in particular", Hampton said. NAACP Mississippi chapter president Charles Hampton asked Bryant to rescind the invitation noting, "an invitation to a president that has aimed to divide this nation is not becoming of this historic moment". "His support of white supremacists and racism exact opposite of what museum is about", said Maybus, a former Democratic governor of Mississippi.

Princeton University chair of African American Studies and, Eddie S. Glaude Jr noted that "Mississippi was ground zero" for the civil rights movement.

"I think this is something that should bring the country together to celebrate the opening of this museum and highlighting [the] civil rights movement and the progress that we've made", she said. "We are kinder and more tolerant here in MS than I think perhaps other places".

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