John Lewis, an organizer in the 1963 March on Washington who has served 16 terms in the House of Representatives, said he will skip the event on Saturday - unless the president backs out beforehand.
The duo said that the civil rights struggles represented in the new museum "exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi" but President Trump's "disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts" of Mississippi's greatest civil rights champions.
According to The Republic, two museums, The Museum of Mississippi History and The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, will share one building and will not shy away from the perils of the state's history, including slave chains, graphic lynching, firebombing photos and KKK robes.
The White House expressed disappointment in their decision.
The two men have traded barbs for the better part of the year after Lewis, a high-profile Hillary Clinton supporter, said he didn't see Trump as a "legitimate president" in January. He wrote on Facebook, "Having the openings of the museums involve President Trump on any level pollutes the day and will sap sorely needed credibility from these endeavors". Thompson is Mississippi's only Democratic congressman.
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"I'm the same age as Trump. It kind of feels like that's the card the governor has deal at this time", he said. "If he could, he would wipe all us right off the map". "He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation", President Derrick Johnson said.
"The President hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds", Sanders added.
Princeton University chair of African American Studies and, Eddie S. Glaude Jr noted that "Mississippi was ground zero" for the civil rights movement. "We are kinder and more tolerant here in MS than I think perhaps other places".
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"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.
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