Trump to attend opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Trump to attend opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
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President Trump will attend the opening of a new civil rights museum in Jackson, Miss., on Saturday, CNN reported.

The visit will put Trump near the Alabama border just three days before the Alabama Senate special election. Trump gave his full endorsement to GOP candidate Roy Moore on Monday. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct, including assault, by multiple women, many of whom said he pursued them while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Trump will not travel to Alabama to campaign for Moore, but the visit to Mississippi and another planned for Pensacola, Fla., on Friday are both nearby.

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Trump has repeatedly faced backlash for making inflammatory statements about minority groups, sparking controversy after a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville for saying that “both sides” are to blame.

He was harshly critical of NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, and feuded with the father of a UCLA basketball player after he downplayed Trump’s role in securing the release of his son and two other players from China, where they had been arrested for shoplifting.

Last month, he referred to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses Rendell: Biden 'baked in' as Democratic nominee MORE (D-Mass.) as “Pocahontas” at an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers.

And after retweeting multiple videos from a leader of a British ultranationalist group that purported to show Muslims committing acts of violence, several British lawmakers slammed Trump as “racist,” with one saying he should be arrested for “inciting racial hatred” if he visit the United Kingdom.

During his presidential campaign, Trump’s request to visit a civil rights museum in North Carolina was denied.