Mississippi

Trump is going to the opening of the Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, so John Lewis is not going. Brilliant. The noisy venomous racist toad is going, so the civil rights veteran is not.

U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that won’t speak at the opening of Mississippi civil rights and history museums, saying it’s an “insult” that President Donald Trump will attend.

The long-planned Saturday ceremony will mark Mississippi’s bicentennial of admission into the union. But what was intended as a moment of racial unity and atonement in the state with the largest share of African-Americans is descending into racial and partisan strife after Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant invited fellow Republican Trump to attend.

What an awful thing to do. The birtherism alone should have been ample reason not to invite him. Party loyalty is not a reason to overlook that (and all the rest).

The NAACP has said Trump should cancel his planned appearance because of his divisive record on civil rights issues.

Enough with the god damn euphemisms. It’s not “divisive,” it’s racist. “Divisive” has no content – anything can be “divisive” because people can disagree on anything. Trump’s words and actions have abundant content, and that content is racist. He actively, explicitly, noisily hates black and brown people, especially those who organize and those who make him look small.

Lewis announced his decision in a joint statement with U.S. Rep Bennie Thompson, Mississippi’s only Democrat in Congress.

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” they said. “President Trump’s disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and countless others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place.”

The Republican governor sees it differently, or pretends to.

Bryant, who has made frequent trips to Washington to work with Trump, is urging Mississippians to embrace the president’s visit, saying it will help bring worldwide attention to the state and the museums.

“We are better than that,” Bryant said Wednesday of those who oppose Trump. “We are kinder and more tolerant here in Mississippi than I think perhaps other places. Allow the president to come and honor Mississippi with his speech and his presence.”

But he can’t honor it with his speech and presence; he can only dishonor it. He’s unkind and intolerant, so inviting him doesn’t stand for kindness and tolerance but their opposites. He’s a bad, mean, sadistic man. He should stay away.

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