Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said he will not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend because President Trump plans to attend.
Lewis previously hinted he may not attend the event.
“It’s going to be very difficult for me to be there and be on the same platform with him,” Lewis said Wednesday.
“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,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO, said Wednesday.
Lewis, a civil rights icon, has previously sparred with Trump, questioning his legitimacy as president and skipping his inauguration.