John Lewis Cancels Trip to MS Because He Won't Share a Stage With Trump

What a man of courage.

John Lewis: Trump an 'Insult' to civil rights


CBS News
Rep. John Lewis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he is canceling is trip to the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum because he doesn't want to share a stage with President Trump. But the Georgia congressman said he would reconsider if the "hit man," meaning Mr. Trump, decides not to attend.

"Right now we're not going," Lewis told the AJC, "But there's a possibility that the hit man may not show up, may cancel."

Earlier this week, Lewis expressed doubts as to whether he could "live with myself" if he was on the program with the president at the ribbon-cutting event in MS. After the events in Charlottesville, VA, in which Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence. Lewis said Mr. Trump's attendance would "make a mockery of everything that people tried to do to redeem the soul of America and make this country better."

Rep. Bernie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, also will not attend, and released a joint statement with Lewis on Thursday:

"After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil right activists and many citizens of our congressional districts, we have decided not to attend..."