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John Lewis May Skip Civil Rights Museum Opening Over Trump's Attendance

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Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 08:36 PM

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said he might not attend the opening of a civil rights museum this weekend because President Donald Trump will be there.

Lewis spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Saturday's opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.

"It's going to be very difficult for me to be there and be on the same platform with him," said Lewis, who is scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

"I think his presence would make a mockery of everything that people tried to do to redeem the soul of America and to make this country better."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday afternoon Trump plans to attend the opening of both the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The NAACP responded by saying Trump does not deserve to be there.

"President Trump's statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement," NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson told Newsweek.

Lewis boycotted Trump's inauguration and also did the same in 2001 when George W. Bush was first sworn into office.

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President Donald Trump expected attendance at the opening of a civil rights museum this weekend reportedly will lead to Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., skipping the occasion.
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