Rep. John Lewis John Lewis John Lewis says he will not attend the inauguration of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum if Trump is there Almost 60 Democrats who voted for the accusation Live coverage: Day three of the forms and means Indicator of the fiscal bill MORE  (D-Ga.) Announced on Thursday that he will not attend the inauguration of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday because President Trump Donald John TrumpThe Democrat of the Chamber hits Donald Trump Jr. for a serious case of amnesia & # 39; after Testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I do not want to represent Trump in the Olympics Poll: 4 out of 10 Republicans think that Trump's top advisors had wrong deals with Russia MORE will be there.
"The assistance of President Trump and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum," Lewis said in a statement.
Lewis cited Trump's earlier comments about women, immigrants and NFL players who have protested during the national anthem before games, saying his comments "disrespect the efforts" of civil rights leaders.
He had previously said he was reconsidering whether or not to attend after the White House announced on Tuesday that Trump would attend the event in Jackson, Miss.
Lewis has been a frequent critic of Trump and provoked the president's anger in January, before Trump officially took office, after saying he did not consider him a "legitimate president."
Trump said on Twitter that the congressman should "spend more" time to fix and help his district, which is in a very bad state and is falling apart (not to mention the infested crime). "
Lewis, on Wednesday, was one of 58 House Democrats who voted in favor of starting a impeachment trial against Trump.The measure overwhelmingly failed in the House of Republican Leaders.
Lewis was a key leader in civil rights in the 1960s as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
The NAACP, on Tuesday, announced its opposition to Trump attending the opening of the museum, saying it has created a "racially hostile climate."  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday that it was "very sad" that anyone could object to Trump's presence.