John Lewis cancels trip to civil rights museum, citing Trump's attendance

David Goldman  AP

David Goldman AP

Mr. Lewis, who voted on Wednesday in favor of a failed attempt to begin impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump, has clashed with the president several times since he won the election. Thompson is Mississippi's only Democratic congressman. "People all over the world will say, 'They have a world-class civil rights museum in MS, and maybe we should go see that'".

"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 MS to be a better place", the statement reads.

This isn't the first time President Trump's presence at a museum has upset some African-Americans.

The White House said Trump hopes others will join him in recognizing "that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds".

Trump ultimately visited the museum more than a month later on February 21.

"We are better than that".

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"For me, it is not political, it is about this person in particular, who is divisive and I think has many, many racial tendencies", Steinberg said.

Mississippians are split on whether or not President Donald Trump's scheduled visit to MS is a good thing. "Allow the president to come and honor MS with his speech and his presence", said Bryant as quoted by the AP. He was held at the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Lewis has been expected to be one of the main speakers at the event, along with Myrlie Evers, the widow of assassinated Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers. The lawmaker said it was not appropriate for Trump to be invited given his response to white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., this summer. Rhodes said he still planned to attend.

The event will showcase two museums sharing the same roof in downtown Jackson.

Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, said the department looks forward to celebrating the museum's opening.

Talamieka Brice, founder of the Mississippi Chapter of Pantsuit Nation, says she and about 200 others will protest the President's visit at the intersection of High Street and State Street.

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