The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in North Carolina was founded to memorialize the actions of four brave, African-American students, who back in 1960 sat down at a “whites only” lunch counter. Fifty years to the day after the men took a courageous stand for civil rights, the museum opened its doors.

The mission of the center, per its website, is to combat “inherently evil, institutionalized oppression” that “has no place in the human race. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum exists as a testimony to courage and the potential of unified people on the right side of history to make change.” In other words, the museum is anathema to everything that Donald Trump is.

Trump tried to bully the museum into hosting a private event

For that reason, the museum rejected a request from the Trump camp to close their doors for up to five hours so the GOP candidate could hold a personal press conference and campaign event. Juxtaposed amidst a setting of decorum, respect and impartiality, it’s clear that Trump’s presence would be a “conflict of interests,” to say the least.

Trump has been fighting very hard to gain a foothold with the Black community – bringing on Apprentice villain Omarosa for example to head up his African-American outreach program. He’s held closed-door sessions with Black leaders and pastors; he even wandered around with Dr. Ben Carson in Carson’s boyhood neighborhood in southwest Detroit.

Blacks have very little interest in voting Trump

Yet Trump’s desire to close a voting gap with Black America backfires every time he opens his xenophobic mouth or takes to Twitter to spout off another inane message. He told a group of (mostly white) supporters last week in North Carolina that black neighborhoods are “absolutely in the worst shape that they've ever been in before.” He said that in inner cities, “you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street.” He even said Afghanistan was safer.

Trump'salienating of African-Americans even prompted President Obama to weigh in, telling young black and Hispanic voters that he would perceive a non-vote for Hillary by Black Democrats “a personal insult.”

'Aggressive' and 'insincere' request by Trump

So whenDonald sent a request to Earl Jones, co-founder of the museum, to close their doors so that Trump could tout his all-embracing, unbiased persona, Jones said no way, adding that the request itself was “aggressive” and that the planned visit was clearly “insincere.”

“We did not honor the request of the Donald Trump team because we thought they demonstrated, in their approach was disrespectful, so therefore we did not grant that request,” Jones said.

“The approach, the type of disrespect, pretty much a demand and bullying us to use the museum in their manner and their way in their time, it was inappropriate and I think it’s probably reflective of the type of insensitivity of civil rights and human rights that’s reflective from Trump over the years.”

Ouch.

Jones also tried to be very diplomatic, suggesting that he would have responded the same way if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made a similar request. He said both Trump and Clinton are welcome to tour the museum like anyone else, but that the museum will not be used as a staging ground for “political gain.”

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