Rep. John LewisJohn LewisHarris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day Budowsky: High stakes drama for Biden, Manchin, Sinema Stacey Abrams backs Senate Democrats' voting rights compromise MORE (D-Ga.) said Friday that he'll skip President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE's State of the Union address later this month over the the president's Thursday comments on "shithole countries," referring to Haiti, El Salvador and several nations in Africa.
"At this junction, I do not plan to attend the State of the Union," the longtime Georgia congressman told MSNBC's Katy Tur.
Lewis, a civil rights icon who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 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.
During the interview, Lewis reacted in disbelief to the president's comments, saying it was "unbelievable" to hear and "incompatible" with Trump's Friday proclamation honoring King.
Democrats are planning protests for the president's address.