Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a former civil privileges organizer who proved helpful in Mississippi during the 1960s, provides sparred with President Donald Trump during the past. | David Goldman/AP Image Rep. John Lewis to skip Trump go to to Mississippi Civil Privileges Museum
Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson announced Thursday they’ll not show up at President Donald Trump’s forthcoming go to to the Mississippi Civil Privileges Museum, calling the trip “an insult” to the African-Americans commemorated there.
“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the persons portrayed on this civil rights museum,” Thompson (D-Miss.) and Lewis (D-Ga.) explained in a joint statement.
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Trump is scheduled to appear at the opening of the museum found in Jackson, Mississippi, on Saturday. The museum, relating to its website, will characteristic galleries that hearken back again to a period “when Mississippi was floor zero for the national Civil Rights Movement.”
Trump’s attendance provides come under fire from civil privileges groups, with the NAACP casting it seeing as a great “affront” to African-Americans.
“President Trump’s statements and policies about the safeguard and enforcement of civil rights have already been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights activity,” NAACP president and leader Derrick Johnson said on a statement before this week.
Lewis, a ex – civil privileges organizer who worked found in Mississippi during the 1960s, previously sparred with Trump following the Georgia lawmaker said Trump would not be considered a “legitimate president” ahead of his inauguration, an event he boycotted found in protest. He also took exception to Trump expressing as a candidate that African-American communities had been in the “worst form they’ve ever been in before.”
“Is he discussing worse than slavery? Worse than the system of segregation and racial discrimination – whenever we couldn’t take a seat at the lunch time counter and be served? Worse than being denied the proper to register to vote, to take part in the democratic procedure and live in particular neighborhoods and communities?” Lewis explained during an MSNBC interview last September.
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Following the White House announced Trump had accepted an invitation from Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to wait the opening ceremony, Thompson introduced a declaration urging Trump to reconsider guidelines that the lawmaker cast as disadvantageous to African-Americans.
“His unfair spending budget cuts in agriculture, education, healthcare and casing disproportionately impacts persons of color and can be viewed by many as an act reminiscent of Jim Crow guidelines of the South,” Thompson said.