Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was a key civil rights leader in the 1960s and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said Friday that he will boycott President Trump’s State of the Union address later this month over the president’s Thursday comments referring to Haiti, El Salvador and several Africa nations as “shithole countries.”
“At this junction, I do not plan to attend the State of the Union,” Lewis told MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
The longtime Georgia congressman said he could not in “good conscience” be in the same room as Trump after his deeply offensive remarks.
“I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans. I just cannot do it. I wouldn’t be honest with myself,” Lewis said.
He said it was “unbelievable” to hear the president’s vulgar remarks and they were “incompatible” with Trump’s Friday proclamation honoring King.
Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis says racism seems to be in Trump's DNA and what he is saying is incompatible with the legacy of MLK. pic.twitter.com/46MFP5YHue
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