newsCO.com.au | Civil rights pioneer to eschew museum opening after Trump says will attend | Tweet @newsCOflash

December 8, 2017

@newsCOflash

2017-12-08 02:15:31

(Reuters) – Longtime U.S. congressman from Georgia John Lewis, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said on Thursday that he would not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend because President Donald Trump planned to attend.

Congressman John Lewis addresses supporters of Democrat Jon Ossoff as they wait for the poll numbers to come in for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District special election in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” Lewis said in a statement.

The statement by the Georgia Democrat, who has served in Congress for 31 years, and Mississippi Democratic U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson mentioned Trump’s “disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players.”

Trump said earlier this week that he would attend the opening of the museum in Jackson, the state capital.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has denounced Trump’s planned attendance.

Lewis and Thompson said in their statement that Trump had shown “disrespect” for people who fought for civil rights in Mississippi.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, responding to the Lewis-Thompson statement, said, ”We think it’s unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the president in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history. The President hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds.”

Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Editing by Toni Reinhold

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

“The NAIM Code” By Jordan Duran – 2 Books in 1–Buy it On Lulu

“Frank’s Funeral” By Terry London–“Buy It On Amazon.

“newsCO TOP 10 Book Selections”

“Author’s Submit Your Book For Review” – Tweet Us—@newsCOflash

★BOOKr..“Post Your Books For Sale On BOOKr”

★★★★★newsCO★★★★★.

★Jordan Duran-“Master Hypnotherapist & Life Coach – Online, By Phone, In Person – Worldwide.–TnC RAPID Results. End the Hurt–Contact Jordan.

★BLOGr..“Write it On BLOGr The Social Blog”

Girl Collection Fashion—CGFASH

—The New York Guardian

–Follow:

Twitter—@newsCOflash

Twitter—@JordanDuran

Twitter—@BookrVIP

Twitter—@Juevelle

Twitter—@GossBOSSfans

Twitter—@GirlCollection

Twitter—@Checkusin

Checkusin—Cheapest Hotel – Flight Deals Online

newsCO.com.au #1 News in a FLASH – Contact Us

Article Categories:
Top Stories · US & Canada · World

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *