The battle lines have been drawn.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced Tuesday that its members do not want President Donald Trump to attend the grand opening of a Mississippi-based civil rights museum, noting that his attendance would be divisive and distracting.
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson released a statement on Tuesday in which he asserts:
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. 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.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Tuesday’s press briefing that the president plans to attend the opening ceremony:
Looking ahead, the President will visit Mississippi on Saturday, where they are celebrating the state’s bicentennial, 200 years of statehood. To mark the occasion, the President will participate in the grand openings of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
Trump was criticized in August for his comments following the Charlottesville protests. The president said that both white supremacist groups and counter-protesters were at fault for the violence that ensued in Virginia in August.
This report, by Robert Donachie, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.