Report highlights Congressmen cancel scheduled appearance at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opening
The White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment
(CNN) Two dark congressmen say they’ll not attend the beginning of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Saturday because President Donald Trump is defined to attend.
In a joint statement released Thursday, Democratic Reps. John Lewis and Bennie G. Thompson said that after “conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil right activists and several citizens of our congressional districts,” they have decided never to attend the opening.
“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful guidelines are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” the two congressmen said in a affirmation. “The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really took place in Mississippi. President Trump’s disparaging comments about ladies, the disabled, immigrants and National Soccer Little league players disrespect the initiatives of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and many others who have given their all for Mississippi to become a much better place.”
They added, “After President Trump departs, we inspire all Mississippians and Americans to go to this historic civil rights museum.”
The White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Thompson and Lewis’ announcement.