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On President Donald Trump’s 47th week in office, he threw his full support behind accused child molester Roy Moore — who went on to lose to a Democrat in Alabama — and attended the opening of a Mississippi civil rights museum, where he praised Martin Luther King Jr., only to later have his press secretary criticize civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. And he had two of his federal judge nominees disqualified. But things are looking up for Trump, agenda-wise: Republicans revealed their tax bill late Friday night, which seems likely to pass and would have the added benefit of decimating Obamacare.
An uncivil affair Day 322 — December 8
President Trump ignored a wave of backlash about his administration’s treatment of black Americans and visited the opening of a Mississippi civil rights museum anyway.
“We want our country to be a place where every child from every background can grow up free from fear, innocent from hatred, and surrounded by love, opportunity and hope,” Trump said in remarks at the museum, which will chronicle the history of the KKK and the Jim Crow era.
Civil rights movement icon and Georgia Democrat Rep. John Lewis had canceled his plans to attend the opening after Trump announced he’d be in attendance. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement criticizing Lewis, who marched at Selma with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965, for failing to honor “the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history.” Longtime Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson also canceled his plans to attend.