NAACP president Cornell William Brooks revealed on CNN Friday that President Donald Trump hasn’t reached out to the hundred-year-old civil rights organization. They also weren’t invited to Trump’s Black History Month round-table meeting on Wednesday.
“He has not reached out to the NAACP,” Brooks told Wolf Blitzer. “Which is interesting and perhaps ironic… The fact that he hasn’t reached out is very curious. I would note that the last African-American meeting, or I should say occasion that I participated in with the White House, President [Barack] Obama had civil rights leaders from the ’70s and ’80s all the way down to the teens, millennial civil rights leaders. It was a celebration. It wasn’t just a collection of staffers and political people. But really people who spent their lives, their lives dedicated to the civil rights movement.”
Brooks noted that Trump did speak about the National African-American Museum of History and Culture in his speech Wednesday.
“In that museum, the work of the NAACP is — is featured. In the spirit of the NAACP, it is resonant in every exhibit in terms of the aspirations for freedom,” Brooks continued.
Blitzer asked if Brooks was asked by Trump to go to the museum with him and Brooks said that he would “be delighted” to do so.
“I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things,” Trump said during his Black History Month round-table.
Trump then made news for comments about Frederick Douglass that made it seem like the statesman and abolitionist was still alive.
“Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed,” Trump said. “Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.”
Watch the full conversation below: