Donald Trump Refuses To Acknowledge Late Congressman John Lewis’ Accomplishments
President Donald Trump is making headlines over his remarks after being questioned about his thoughts on the late-civil rights icon, John Lewis.
When reporter Jonathan Swan asked how history would remember Lewis, Trump replied:
“I don’t know. I really don’t know.”
“He chose, I never met John Lewis, I don’t believe.”
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Civil right leader, Congressman John Lewis passed away at the age of 80 on July 17, 2020. Known for his leadership in the civil rights era, Mr. Lewis helped organize the 1963 March on Washington and served in Congress for decades.
When asked if he thought Lewis was impressive, Trump refuses to respond and instead offers
“I can’t say one way or the other.”
“I find a lot of people impressive. I find many people not impressive. He didn’t come — he didn’t come to my inauguration. He didn’t come to my state of the union speeches. And that’s OK. That’s his right.”
Though Trump expressed being “OK” with John Lewis‘ absence from his inauguration, signs tell otherwise as he mentioned the fact several times within a couple minutes time frame.
The president finally admitted,
“That’s his right. And again, nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have. He should’ve come. I think he made a big mistake.”
In 2018 during an appearance on The View, Mr. Lewis addressed skipping Trump’s inauguration. He expressed,
“Well I felt strongly during the inauguration, of the so-called inauguration yeah that I couldn’t be at home with myself if I had to participate or be part of it the movement told us to withdraw from evil and I never felt that his election was legitimate.”