President Trump has been slammed for not attending the upcoming NAACP Convention.
The AP reports that the president said "I very much wanted to go" speak to the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization as members gather this week in Detroit, but that "unfortunately, they want to do it in the form of a question and answer." Trump says he agreed to deliver a speech.
The news comes almost a week after the NAACP released a report linking the Trump administration's judicial nominations to its widespread attacks on voting rights.
"In 2 ½ years, President Donald Trump has appointed an alarming number of nominees with appalling records of enabling or defending voter suppression," said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President, and CEO." This is no accident, and the pattern is devastating. Undermining voting rights is now a qualification for nomination to the federal bench. This administration is weaponizing the federal judiciary to restrict the vote.
"Our courts are essential to ensuring full political participation for everyone under the Constitution and civil rights laws. The American people deserve judges who are impartial, fair, and committed to equal justice under law. It is time to stand up to this extraordinary perversion of the judicial appointment process to undermine our democracy. Our rights to fully participate in the political process lie in the balance."
Trump does not do well under pressure and does not like to be questioned, so although the decision to not attend was undoubtedly a cowardly one - it's right on brand for the embattled president.