Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) declared Thursday that he won’t go to the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday because of President Donald Trump’s arranged participation.
In a composed statement, social equality pioneer Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who is as well boycotting the opening, said the president’s appearance at upcoming occasion will be “an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum.”
Here’s the full statement:
“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.”
On Wednesday, Lewis announced that he would miss the occasion because of the president; be that as it may, the White House pushed back against the revealed boycott:
“I feel that would be, truly, extremely tragic,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has replied. Then she continued:
“I think this is something that should bring the country together to celebrate the opening of this museum and highlighting Civil Rights Movement and the progress that we’ve made. And would I hope that those individuals would join in that celebration instead of protesting it. However, they have every right to protest it.”
Lewis finished up his announcement on Thursday by encouraging “all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum” once President Trump withdraws.
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