The so-called legendary civil rights leader John Lewis says, he does not want to share the “same platform” as President Trump.
Lewis complained that President Trump’s attendance to opening ceremony of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, would make a “mockery of everything that people tried to do to redeem the soul of America.”
From (Link: politics.blog.myajc.com)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, said he will re-evaluate his plans to speak at the ribbon-cutting of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend amid reports that he would be sharing a stage with President Donald Trump.
“It’s going to be very difficult for me to be there and be on the same platform with him,” the civil rights leader and 30-year congressman said of the president in an interview Wednesday.
Lewis had been planning to attend a reception at the Jackson, Miss.-based museum on Friday and speak at the facility’s opening ceremony on Saturday. But he said Trump’s presence at the event would be inappropriate given the commander-in-chief’s response to white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., this summer.
“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 said.
The Democrat’s comments came a day after the NAACP said Trump should skip the museum’s opening ceremony because of his “abysmal” record on civil rights issues.
“His attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said Tuesday.
The White House confirmed Trump’s visit to Jackson on Tuesday at the invitation of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican.