By Eric Boehlert |
December 6, 2017
No way, no how. That’s what civil rights leaders think of Trump attending civil rights museum ceremony in Mississippi on Saturday.
Like a skunk at a picnic.
What’s pretty much how civil rights leaders view the possibility of Donald Trump traveling down to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum.
And now the NAACP is making it official. They don’t want Trump, who’s well known for his ugly, race-baiting attacks from the White House, to attend the ceremony.
“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,” Derrick Johnson, the NAACP’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “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.”
It’s astonishing that we’re at a place where the president of the United States is not welcome at the opening of a history museum. It’s likely unprecedented in modern American politics.
But Trump has already established an unparalleled record of racist attacks for any Oval Office occupant, so of course the NAACP doesn’t want him anywhere near the important museum opening.
Just last week, Trump unfurled a racist slur during a White House ceremony.
Recently, he’s been obsessed with attacking and slandering professional black athletes, and specifically NFL players who conduct silent protests during the national anthem in an effort to highlight disparities in the U.S.
Meanwhile, Trump still clings in private to the racist birther conspiracy claim, which suggests President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
The torrent of ugly attacks is so relentless that NBC’s Jim Acosta last week asked, “Who is left for him to offend?”
All the more insulting for civil rights leaders is the fact that Trump wants to attend the Mississippi ceremony one day after he holds a rally in Pensacola, Florida, where he’s expected to again publicly endorse openly racist accused child molester Roy Moore — who in September smeared Americans as “reds and yellows” — for Alabama senator.
Not only has Moore been accused by many women of sexual assault, but the controversial Republican has long been criticized by civil rights advocates for claiming Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress and that homosexual behavior should be illegal.
For the good of the country, the NAACP is hoping Trump the skunk stays away on Saturday.
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