JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - U.S. Representatives Bennie Thompson (MS) and John Lewis (GA) both say they will not attend or participate in the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.
Both men released a joint statement Thursday, December 7.
"President Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi. 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 Mississippi to be a better place. After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit the historic civil rights museum."
The opening of the museum will take place on Saturday, December 9.
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