The NAACP has called on Donald Trump to show some respect by skipping the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis has joined in by saying he won’t attend if Trump does.
“Right now we’re not going,” Lewis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But there’s a possibility that the hit man may not show up, may cancel.”
Lewis’ comments came less than a day after he expressed doubts about whether he could “live with myself” if he appeared on the same program as his political nemesis at this weekend’s ribbon-cutting of the museum in Jackson, Miss. The lawmaker said it was not appropriate for Trump to be invited given his response to white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., this summer.
“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,” Lewis said Wednesday.
You and your racist dog whistles and car alarms are not wanted, Donald. Take them elsewhere. As for White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ sorrowful view that the opening “should be something that brings the country together,” well, it’s not. And the people whose struggle the museum honors should have their wishes honored on this day.