RICHMOND, VA. (AP) – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that black lawmakers planning to boycott his appearance at a Virginia event to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the rise of American democracy, "against their own people".
Trump said the African Americans "love the job" he does and are "damn happy" when he recently criticized a majority black district in Baltimore and its congressman.
Trump spoke at the White House before traveling to historic Jamestown Virginia.
Legislators of the black state plan to stay away from Trump's speech, in part because of Trump's derogatory comments about minority leaders.
It was announced at the last minute that the President would attend the commemoration of Jamestown. A representative gathering in the Western Hemisphere brought excitement to an event that became apparent in the years to come. Some other top democrats have also pledged boycott in protest.
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The boycott comes after Trump's weekend comments referring to the mostly black Baltimore area of US Rep. Elijah Cummings as "disgusting, Cummings was not specifically mentioned in a Caucus statement, but Trump's "repeated attacks on black legislators and comments on black communities make him ineligible to honor and commemorate such a monumental period in history".
Del. Lamont Bagby, Chairman of Black Caucus Th e Associated Press said in an interview more than a week ago that the group had unanimously decided to boycott the event, but that the president had since "continued" his attacks, including his remarks on Cumming's district.
The Anniversary In Washington, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the Caucus is "driving a political agenda".
"President Trump passed the reform of the criminal justice system, developed opportunity zones, secured record-breaking investments in distressed communities, and drove forward policy development. It is a bit confusing and unfortunate that the VLBC chooses to push ahead with a political agenda rather than it Milestone for our country, "she said in a statement.
Caucus members also said they are boycotting the remainder of a week-long series of events for the anniversary, and instead plan alternative memorial services on Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia's capital.
At an early morning ceremony, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam told a gathering of dignitaries that ideals of freedom and the representative government spread from Jamestown in 1619. But he also noted that the first gathering for those who did not important was: women, enslaved Africans and Indians.
Northam called this the paradox of Virginia, America and its representative democracy.
] Trump is expected to make a speech late Tuesday morning and meet with state and national leaders and others at a commemorative meeting of the Virgi nia General Assembly.
Today's Virginia General Assembly, which is considered to be the oldest continuously operating legislature in North America, emerged from the gathering that first came together in 1619.
The anniversary comes as lawmakers in Virginia deal with the scandals that surrounded the top three elected state officials earlier this year.
A black photo scandal almost destroyed the career of Democratic governor Ralph Northam. Then, when Democratic Governor Justin Fairfax looked like he was going to govern, two women accused him of sexual assault. Fairfax, who wants to attend on Tuesday, vehemently rejected these allegations.
Attorney General Mark Herring, also a Democrat, made a separate request to resign decades ago, after confirming that he was dressed in black.
All three men remain in office.