This past weekend President Donald Trump visited Mississippi to help open a new civil rights museum in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To say the trip came with some "issues," would be an understatement.
In his commentary during the opening of President Trump hailed Martin Luther King Jr. as a personal hero. He regarded Martin Luther King Jr. as "one of the driving forces behind the civil rights movement," describing him as “a man who I’ve studied and watched and admired for my entire life.”
The remarks seem to cause some confusion with many black leaders who chose to boycott the event over concerns the president has only chosen to stoke racial division.
It was reported by The Daily Beast that The Mayor of Jackson, where the museums were opened, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, and NAACP President Derrick Johnson were among those to boycott the event.
Trump of course seemed oblivious and espoused more on his feelings regarding the museums and Dr. King.
“The civil rights museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to bring down Jim Crow and end segregation, to gain the right to vote and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality,” Trump said. “That’s big stuff. Those are very big phrases, very big words.”
Dr. King and the fight for civil rights are... Big stuff!
Big stuff? Big thoughts. Twitter had a few, big thoughts!
You think he knows he’s dead?— Anna America (@annaamerica) December 9, 2017
In a bit he'll say he just had a nice lunch with king last week, a very fine man, believe me,,, smh— mike bach (@mikebach2) December 9, 2017
Don’t forget the nice piece of Chocolate cake he thought he shared with MLK and Frederick Douglass 😑😑😑— Tyra Goodman (@itstero) December 9, 2017
trump's getting old, he forgot "believe me".— Patrick (@PatrickdEstaing) December 9, 2017
Sure he does. I have heard him quote Martin Luther King Jr many a time. And he even follows his examples and fights for the same causes he does. Oh wait, that was President Obama who did that. This one follows racist, segregationist, KKK types instead.— Gilbert Davis/gadlaw (@gadlaw6) December 9, 2017