U.S. Rep. John Lewis says he would possibly not talk on the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, calling it insupportable that President Donald Trump will attend.
The Georgia Democrat and civil rights icon made the announcement Thursday afternoon, including that he would rethink provided that Trump comes to a decision to not attend, consistent with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Right now we’re not going,” Lewis advised the newspaper. “But there’s a possibility that the head man may not show up, may cancel.”
The lawmaker’s fresh feedback come at some point after he first expressed doubts about showing at the identical program because the president. “I think his presence would make a mockery of everything that people tried to do to redeem the soul of America and to make this country better,” Lewis mentioned in feedback on Wednesday.
The Saturday rite marks Mississippi’s bicentennial of admission to the Union. But what was once meant as a second of racial team spirit and atonement within the state the place some 4 in 10 citizens are African-American is descending into racial and partisan strife after Gov. Phil Bryant invited fellow Republican Trump to wait.
The NAACP has mentioned Trump must cancel his deliberate look as a result of his divisive file on civil rights problems.
“Right now we’re not going. But there’s a possibility that the head man may not show up, may cancel.”
“President Trump’s statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson mentioned in a observation on Wednesday. “He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation.”
Several distinguished Mississippi Democrats say they would possibly not attend. Some plan protests. Lewis’ area colleague, Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., mentioned he would no longer attend.
In a joint observation, Lewis and Thompson defined their determination.
“Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi,” reads the statement. “President Trump’s disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and countless others who have given they’re all for Mississippi to be a better place.”
The White House replied to the observation past due Thursday afternoon. “We think it’s unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the president in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders mentioned. “The president hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds.”