President Trump on Saturday toured and delivered brief remarks at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson in a revisit that did not come but controversy.
“These buildings consolidate the wish that has lived in the hearts of every American for generations,” Mr. Trump said. “The wish for a future that is some-more just and is some-more free.”
Mr. Trump, speaking after he toured the museum, pronounced it highlights the “injustice” intended against the African-American community, and the efforts to fight for equality.
“That’s big stuff,” the boss said. “Those are very big phrases, very big words.”
Mr. Trump mostly stuck to his prepared speech, highlighting polite rights leaders who sacrificed for equal rights.
But the president’s revisit was criticized by black leaders. The NAACP urged Mr. Trump not to attend, and two African-American Democrats in Congress — Rep.— canceled their trip. In a corner matter released Thursday, Lewis and Thompson called the president’s participation an “insult.”
“President Trump’s assemblage and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this polite rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum reflect the law of what really happened in Mississippi,” they wrote. “President Trump’s adverse comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disregard the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and large others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place. After President Trump departs, we inspire all Mississippians and Americans to revisit this ancestral polite rights museum.”
The debate was so heated that Mr. Trump spoke at a private eventuality instead of at the categorical ceremony, and left after he delivered his remarks, instead of adhering around for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.