Appearing on MSNBC Friday, Democratic Congressman John Lewis (Ga.) said that he’ll skip President Trump’s State of the Union address later this month over the president’s Thursday comments on “shithole” countries in Africa.
Lewis reacted in disbelief to the president’s comments, saying it was “unbelievable” to hear and “incompatible” with Trump’s Friday proclamation honoring King.
“At this junction, I do not plan to attend the State of the Union,” the Georgia lawmaker and civil rights icon told MSNBC host Katy Tur.
Lewis, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, said he could not bear to be in the same room as Trump after the remarks the president made in a private meeting with lawmakers on a potential immigration deal.
“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.
Other Democrats are reportedly planning protests for the president’s address.