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WATCH: Donald Trump Won’t Pay Respects While John Lewis Lies In State At Capitol, He Says

Representative John Lewis passed away earlier this month, and on Monday, his life was memorialized. He now lies in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, and the legislators who worked with him for years are celebrating his life. Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he will not attend.

Donald Trump will not pay respects to John Lewis
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Speaking to reporters briefly as he left the White House Monday, Donald Trump was asked about John Lewis, and whether he’d join other U.S. officials in paying his respects to the late civil rights hero. “ill you be paying respects to Congressman John Lewis, either today or tomorrow in the Capitol?” asked a reporter. “No,” Trump responded. “I won’t be going. No.”

Trump was criticized after Lewis’ death for spending the day on the golf course failing to make any public statement on the passing of a celebrated icon who fought for equality in the United States. It wasn’t until 14 hours after the death was made public that Trump tweeted, saying that he and Melania send prayers to the family.

Trump had previously criticized John Lewis for choosing not to attend his presidential inauguration in 2017. As Politico reported at the time, Lewis said he didn’t see Donald Trump as a legitimate president, and Trump responded, lashing out in a series of tweets about Lewis’ congressional district, calling it “crime-infested” and “falling apart.”

NPR reports that Representative John Lewis’ memorial included a final trip over the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where he led the march for voting rights in 1965.



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