Lewis won’t attend opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum because of Trump

[private]U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) said Thursday he will cancel his plans to attend the opening of a civil rights museum in Jackson, Miss. because President Donald Trump will be there.

Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi released this joint statement:

“After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil rights 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.”

Lewis had originally committed to participate in the museum’s ribbon-cutting ceremony but changed his mind after Trump announced his plans to attend. Lewis said he might still show up if Trump decides not to go.

The NAACP has also urged Trump not to attend the museum opening.

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