Civil Rights Museum Denies 'Special Request' by Trump Campaign

Greensboro's "Sit-in" Museum Says "No" To Donald Trump

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A presidential nominee's request to visit a Greensboro landmark is denied.

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum was contacted by the Donald Trump campaign last weekend. Earl Jones, co-founder of the museum, says the campaign demanded certain things to make a visit by the GOP nominee possible. 

Jones says Trump's people were trying to plan a visit for Tuesday, the same day he spoke at High Point University.

READ: Donald Trump Campaigns at High Point University 

"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," said Jones.

Jones says the Trump campaign was aggressive and rude to museum staff in making their request.
He says Trump's people wanted the museum to be closed for at least 5 hours to accommodate Trump.

Jones says the museum does not provide special treatment to anyone and says that is the main reason they denied the request.

He said he also didn't feel like the request was sincere.

"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," said Jones.

When asked if he would deny Hillary Clinton if she made the same request -- Jones said yes.

He said Trump and Clinton are both welcome to the museum but says they wont provide any special treatment.

"We have equal treatment for everyone coming to the museum and we welcome everyone to the museum but we are not going to allow the museum to be used for political gain," said Jones.

WFMY News 2 reached out to the Trump campaign for comment. As of Saturday evening, the request had not been answered.

Copyright 2016 WFMY


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