John Lewis Won't Attend Civil Rights Museum Opening Because Trump Is Going

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Thompson is Mississippi's only Democratic congressman.

The Museum of Mississippi History and The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum both open Saturday, Dec. 9, which is the 200th anniversary of Mississippi becoming the 20th state. "His unfair budget cuts in agriculture, education, healthcare and housing disproportionately impacts people of color and is viewed by many as an act reminiscent of Jim Crow policies of the south". He was joined by Thompson on Wednesday as a group of 58 House Democrats voted to impeach Trump - a measure that was voted down. The two congressmen released a joint statement on Thursday explaining their decision.

Lewis, a civil rights icon, has been a frequent critic of the president and previously sparred with him over Twitter after saying he didn't feel Trump was a "legitimate president".

Lewis also helped organize the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and was beaten during one march in an event now known as "Bloody Sunday".

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In response, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it's "unfortunate" that Lewis and Thompson "wouldn't join the president in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history". "After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum". "America can't really turn a corner with regards to its racist and violent past and present until the South, and particularly a state like MS, confronts it - and confronts it unflinchingly", said Gaude, who is a MS native. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson issued a statement on Tuesday denouncing Trump's approach to civil rights issues.

"The civil rights museum's website says its mission is to "[promote] a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and sacrifices of its peoples". "He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation".

Princeton University chair of African American Studies and, Eddie S. Glaude Jr noted that "Mississippi was ground zero" for the civil rights movement.

"As a freedom fighter and contemporary of Emmett Till, Trump's visit is an insult", NAACP board member Amos Brown said.