Ignoramus Sarah Huckabee Sanders Attacks John Lewis for Not Attending Trump’s White Minstrel Show Appearance at Civil Rights Museum

“It’s laughable that the White House is criticizing John Lewis and Bennie Thompson for not attending the opening of a civil rights museum that honors the sacrifice of ... wait ... John Lewis, Bennie Thompson, and many others,” Rep. Cedric Richmond fired back.

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According to the White House, a photo op at a civil rights museum holds more weight than being an active participant in and making sacrifices for the movement itself.

That’s the message White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders communicated to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) Thursday upon his announcement that he and his colleague Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) would not join President Donald Trump at the opening of a civil rights museum in Mississippi.

Lewis and Thompson issued a joint statement on Thursday confirming they would not be present in Jackson, Miss., at the opening of two museums, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” Lewis and Thompson collectively said.

Sanders called it “unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the president in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history.”

“[Trump] hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds,” she added.

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (of which Lewis and Thompson are both members), called the White House’s assessment “laughable.”

“It’s laughable that the White House is criticizing John Lewis and Bennie Thompson for not attending the opening of a civil rights museum that honors the sacrifice of … wait … John Lewis, Bennie Thompson, and many others,” he said.

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This is not the Trump administration’s first attack on Lewis. Trump himself attacked the congressman previously on Twitter, calling him “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”

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Lewis has a long history of civil rights activism. He was the youngest speaker at the march on Washington in 1963. He marched in Selma, Ala., two years later and suffered a fractured skull. He was arrested dozens of times for his active role in civil rights. Lewis is the last surviving member of the “Big Six,” six prominent leaders during the civil rights movement.

After entering a career in politics, Lewis moved up the ranks, starting on the Atlanta City Council and today representing Georgia in the House of Representatives. His achievements have garnered him various recognitions such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal and the sole John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage Award” for Lifetime Achievement.

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“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,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO.

The decision by Lewis and Thompson comes after the NAACP issued similar sentiments.

“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,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO.

In response to the NAACP Sanders called Trump’s position on racism and bigotry “very clear.”

Trump’s response to Charlottesville, calling for blame on “both sides” after a woman protesting against white supremacy was killed; his delay on disavowing KKK leaders; his use of a racial slur targeting Native Americans at an event honoring those very people; his description of NFL players protesting police brutality in America as “sons of bitches”; and his retweet of anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British party are just a few of the more recent instances in which the president made “very clear” what his stance is.

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26 comments


  • Greg Thrasher

    I have already commented at length of this issue and why I believe the NAACP, Lewis and others are making a mistake here .

    Black Americans have an iconic legacy of confronting White bigots and their racism. I am disappointed that the NAACP , Lewis and others have forgotten our history. Perhaps all of them should join Trump at this Museum’s opening

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    • Everyone protests in THEIR own way. That is THEIR way to do so. We are not monolithic. THERE WILL MANY PROTESTS each in their way. It’s wise to remember that the one occupying “1600” assesses his worth by “the crowd”. Lewis and others may be wiser than some realize AND I’m sure they’ve endured worse insults than maybe they’ve forgotten our history. Additionally, that would be an interesting concept since THEY ARE our history; especially in this case.

  • You wrote about Michelle Obama’s famous line “When they go low, we go high”. “Ignoramus Sarah Huckabee Sanders” doesn’t seem to follow that sentiment. Diversity Management should lead by example and name calling is certainly NOT an example I wish to follow.

    • The reason why diversity has not gained much ground since I started this publication 20 years ago is because white people do not have the guts to speak clearly. They don’t have clarity of thought, they don’t do their homework, give too many excuses and as a result, we still have the same sexist and racist results in corporate America, our government, education and the clergy.

      On what planet are disgusting men like trump and Moore acceptable? On our planet. Our country. White people need to own it. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is disgusting. Goebbels-lite in a sweater set. Ugly from the inside. Like her bloated orange golf club swinging lazy ass lying odd hair charlatan boss.

          • Susan Anderson-Newham

            I agree with Luke. Sanders has consistently repeated statements that are ill-informed, ignorant, or blatantly untrue. Calling her an ignoramus is accurate. If more journalists had called tRump on the carpet for the racist, hateful, bully that he is, perhaps our nation would not be in such danger as we are at present.

          • I banned you, but you keep coming back. Go away before I report you to the codger police at AOL. My finger is tired of hitting the delete button and my ipad is complaining about having to display your foolishness.

    • Michelle Obama is free to speak for herself. She is a beautiful, brilliant lady, but she is also a rich person, no longer having to live in the trenches like the rest of us.

      When they go low, we go lower. The high road of the oppressed is either under construction or has been completely demolished. For some of us, turning the other cheek has not been effective, even after 400+ years.

      • For Black people, there’s no amount of personal wealth resulting in “no longer having to live in the trenches like the rest of us.” She still hears her Husband being accused by the so-called Birthers of not being an American, still hears herself and her family being called animals, still hears every single thing about her daughters being criticized, etc.

  • “…..unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the president in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history.”

    Sarah Huckabee, take three seats, quickly!

    • While I find Ms. Huckabee Sanders deplorable, there is no reason to respond with fat shaming. We shouldn’t stoop to her level. When they go low, we go high.

      • How do you assume that is fat shaming? Maybe it is, but I have no reason to believe that it is. When we tell someone to take “all” of the seats “in the back”, or “take an auditorium full of seats”, do you think that this is only directed towards people who are not thin?

      • Mrs Emma P. Telling some one to take a few seats is not fat shaming. It’s an expression that means sit the hell down and shut the hell up! No fat shaming going on here.

  • Thank -you Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson for not attending the openings of the two museums, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Museum ant the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. This is a very important event to showcase Mississippi’s history and civil rights struggles not a photo opportunity for Trump. I wonder if he or Sarah knows anything about the struggles of African-American in Mississippi during the 50’s or 60’s, probably not. Thanks again to Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson for standing your ground.

  • Before they critique Rep. J Lewis the should check his civil rights records and compare it to theirs which is NONE. By the I enjoyed Rep. Lewis in August at the NOBLE Conference in ATL.
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  • For the second time in her life, Nincompoop Sanders is telling the truth. Trump’s position on bigotry and racism is “very clear.” He’s very clearly the Bigot- and Racist-In-Chief, and on the wrong side of history, the arc of which is long, but bends toward justice.

  • Jo Ann Lewis

    Sarah Huckabee is an uneducated person and is the typical representative of the women who represent the republican party. It is apparent that her lack of knowledge of how badly the presence of 45 would effect and mar the opening of such a meaningful museum. John Lewis and others have dedicated their lives to fighting the very racist, Nazi, white supremacist contemptuous attitude that 45 obviously holds for the African American community – and the fact that 45 represents the worse that America has to offer in any human being. So, Sarah – you need to back up, you and your daddy and the entire evangelical christian community and that includes the Black churches that support and his henchmen.

  • The DiversityInc response was taking the high road. Sarah Huckabee is ridiculous, and Donald Trump is……………………(ok I won’t take the truthful path to use the appropriate adjectives out of respect for the wonderful Mrs. Obama.

  • This article is one of the reasons I love and salute DiversityInc. It just tells the truth.
    Additionally, it keeps us abreast of where corporations rank in their diversity, particularly their supplier diversity, and we get to see which corporations are responsive and participating and valuing diversity and which ones are not. It helps me better decide the corporations to support and salute and which ones (those we did not see) We need to avoid as their customers. I so appreciate DiversityInc.

  • I applaud this action. I wouldn’t be caught anywhere near these events, just like I was no where near that empty inauguration.

  • As a militant, radical African American WoMAN who was influenced in my teen years by Malcolm X (and later Marcus Garvey), the praise heaped on Lewis and other cowardly, non-violent Civil Rights “courageous” [Southern Blacks] is LAUGHABLE!

    From the perspective of most Northern-born [including East & West Coast] Blacks, getting milk, sugar, and batons cracKKKed upside your head by violentbrednecKKKs is spineless and cowardly! Lewis, CT Vivian, and other so-called Black “MEN” who refused to DEFEND themselves as “MEN” and allowed their women and children to be beaten, sprayed with water hoses and have dogs rip them to shreds are COWARDS! The REAL HEROES I grew up with who should be receiving praises were modern-day Black militants like Nat Turner who took an eye for an eye, a whole mouth of teeth for a tooth, matched each strike of a billy club with a baseball bat, and set fires for water hoses: H.Rap Brown, Fred Hampton, Assata Shakur, Michael McGee, Stokely Carmichael and Fruit of Islam (Black Muslims) led by Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammed. To us, King’s (and his cowardly Southern followers) nonviolent philosophy was foolishness in violent, racist, genocidal AmeriKKKa! After getting your own Black punk azzes KKKicked and LYNCHED and allowing white slave masters to RAPE Black women and children for over 300 years (by uncivilized, psychopathic white slave mistresses, overseers and bullies) these non-violent, COWARDLY Black Southerners like Lewis still allowed their skulls to be fractured! It’s analogous to praising a battered wife who has been getting az-kickings, skull fractures, and other humiliating abuses for over 60 years and labeling her a HERO and a battered woman’s ICON for enduring beatings by her psychotically abusive husband! Racist whites everywhere LOVE to HONOR and and bestow praises on STUPID, submissive [predominately Southern] sycophantic BlacKKK men like Lewis, Clearence (he comes cheap) ThomAss, Uncle Ben Carson, but not the late Huey Newton, Gabriel Prosser or any real Black man or woman who tried to FIGHT BACK. This is an example of how AmeriKKKa PICKS and CHOOSES OUR heroes for us; they are either the UNCLE TOM or any other Lewis-type, who would receive my praises if, when that rednecKKK poured sugar or milk on his COWARDLY head, he turned around and beat the crap out of him until he was paler and whiter than the milk and sugar– that’s what REAL MEN DO to protect their MANhood, but Lewis must have lost it when he hooked up with his Coward-in-Chief buddy, Bayard Rustin.

    I lived in Atlanta for many years and Lewis is the Georgia rednecKKKs little DARLING who allows Blacks to be ABUSED, DISENFRANCHISED, and BEATEN DOWN by systemic RACISM in exchange for PRAISES, MEDALS OF FREEDOM, and other accolades. Word on the gay old streets of the ATL is that he’s an identical twin in blackface to Roy Moore and those psychotic Southerners have been keeping his dirty, scatological, back-bending secrets for decades. He’s NOT my Civil Rights HERO. In truth, when militant Blacks on every coast, except the SCARED Southern regions started rioting, burning down buildings (which none of us OWNED, but were owned by money-grubbing white parasites) and SHOOTING BACK at the NAZI KKKops, that’s what got Pres.Johnson to enact Civil Rights laws. Southern, phony, limp-wrist pansies like Lewis who refused to “grow a pair” and pack a punch are SUCKING UP all the credick (oops! Pardon the ebonic relapse).

    tRump, Sarah Huckabilly, and John Lewis all have something in common: They’re verbally illiterate and challenged. Although all grew up in AmeriKKKa, they don’t have any command of the English language. Even former slaves Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington in the mid-1800’s possessed better English-speaking skills than Lewis and most Southern Blacks in the 21st Century. His English is deplorable and he could ONLY be elected in the South. In a documentary about Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, Lewis ignorantly said: “Da deafs of the three had a ‘DRAMATIC’ (instead of TRAUMATIC) AFFECT on us'”! He and tRUMP, with their MALE PRIVILEGE, have more in common because they’re grammatically illiterate, yet successful, DUMB, yet electable, and LOVE to receive UNDESERVED PRAISE and ADMIRATION for being OVER-RATED blowhards. The difference between them is that tRump likes to ISSUE the BLOWS and Lewis likes to TAKE THE BLOWS. I’m sick of racist white liberals PICKING, CHOOSING, and DICTATING who we as Black people should consider a “HERO”– unless they’re sandwiches– I’m NOT eating that bullsh*t because I was an EYEWITNESS. In Atlanta, when a 300-pound, hateful rednecKKK shoved me off a train for allegedly bumping into him on a crowded train, he mistook me for a nonviolent John Lewis-type Black Southerner. When regained my balance, I turned around and gave him my best martial arts punch in the solar plexus, and knocked that fat-az rednecKKK into a seat on top of someone else. The look of SHOCK on his face was priceless. That damned white Southern coward didn’t come back at me either. Fortunately, I got away with it because no white racist KKKops were present to ARREST ME for defending myself as a Black woMAN against a replica of Bull Connor. If Lewis and other spineless Southern Black men had any balls and FOUGHT BACK, we’d be better off today. No real man or woman respects a COWARDLY woman like John Lewis. I’m sick of LIEberal and CONservative whites brainwashing and stereotyping ALL African Americans to praise these pathetic punks like Lewis because they REFUSED to FIGHT BACK!

    • You can bad-mouth passive resistance all you want — talk’s cheap — but seeing John Lewis and the other non-violent marchers getting viciously attacked at Selma turned the tide in the Civil Rights Movement in America. Many of those who took a more militant stand ended up getting killed or jailed, but they did — at least — by, contrast, make the positions of the more moderate Civil Rights leaders more palatable to the public at large.

  • Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson not attending I have gone back and forth on. I supported the boycott. but sometimes I think they should have attended and gave a speech to shame the President. John lewis could have reminded the audience of the sacrifices he made regardless of having allegeded bone spurs. Use Trumps own words against him……..hence we are not just all talk……we made the sacrifice. ………

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