Reps. Bennie Thompson and John Lewis are refusing to attend the opening of a civil rights museum because of their personal differences with President Trump.
They have released a joint statement about their decision, criticizing President Trump in the process.
Reps. Bennie G. Thompson and John Lewis Joint Statement on Not Attending Opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
WASHINGTON — Today, US. Representatives Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02) and John Lewis (GA-05) released the following statement:
“After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders. elected officials. civil right activists and many citizens of our congressional districts, we have decided not to attend or participate in the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
“President 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. 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 their all for Mississippi to be a better place.
“After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum.”
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Democratic congressman John Lewis says he will not share the same stage with President Trump.
Trump and Lewis are supposed to formally open a new civil rights museum in Mississippi.
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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.