(National Sentinel) Politicization: As Democrats and civil rights advocates announced they would boycott the opening of a civil rights museum in Mississippi over President Donald J. Trump’s visit, the commander-in-chief made an accommodation that he hoped would satisfy everyone.
Rather than attend the public grand opening, the White House arranged for Trump to tour the new museum privately, rather than see Democrats stay away, NBC News reported.
“I think this was a diplomatic effort that will help solve this issue,” Former Mississippi congressman Mike Espy told the network.
In speaking at the museum Saturday, the president talked about what it means for the country and how it records history.
“These buildings embody the hope that has lived in the hearts of every American for generations,” Trump said. “The hope in a future that is more just and more free.”
During his speech, Trump praised civil rights icon Martin Luther King and said he was “a man who I studied and watched (and) admired for my entire life.”
Many of the museum workers were not aware that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant had extended an invitation to Trump.
“The fact that the governor of Mississippi invited him was sort of a surprise to us on the committee,” Espy said. “We didn’t find out that the president had agreed to come until two or three days ago.”
After it was announced that Trump would attend, many workers and some local Democrats decided not to show up. They included civil rights leaders and Democrat Congressmen John Lewis and Bennie Thompson.
“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” they said in a joint statement.
That led to this response from White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “We think it’s unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the president in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history.”
About 100 demonstrators stood a few blocks away to protest Trump despite his attempt to accommodate his detractors.
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