Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has resigned from the Jamestown anniversary planning committee because it issued an invitation to President Donald Trump, a local ABC News affiliate reported. Democrats in the state House and Senate have also said they will boycott the event because of Trump’s possible attendance.
Stoney characterized Trump as “a president who labels those disagree with him as un-American and ignorantly advocates for duly elected congresswomen, all United States citizens of color, to be sent back to their countries of origin” and stated that he “had no place” at the event.
The event is scheduled to take place on July 30 and will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the House of Burgesses, the first representative assembly in the New World.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said it’s sad when elected leaders “make partisan concerns paramount in their decisions.” The organization also said that Republicans had invited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the event last year.
The White House has not yet said whether Trump will attend the event.
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