John Lewis, who passed away , was a legend and a lion in United States politics. Upon his death, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle rushed to pay tribute to the man. While it took him most of the day, even Donald Trump got around to saluting Lewis.
Mitch McConnell’s memories and remarks about the Georgia congressman were particularly interesting. The Senate Majority Leader’s comments were seen by many as hypocritical. No one put these sentiments into word better than Georgia-based pastor Raphael Warnock.
McConnell tweeted on Saturday, “I will never forget joining hands with John as Congress sang We Shall Overcome at a 2008 ceremony honoring his friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It could not have been more humbling to consider what he had suffered and sacrificed so those words could be sung in that place.”
I will never forget joining hands with John as Congress sang We Shall Overcome at a 2008 ceremony honoring his friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It could not have been more humbling to consider what he had suffered and sacrificed so those words could be sung in that place.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) July 18, 2020
During an appearance on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show, Reverend Doctor Warnock found those words to be disingenuous. “I have to tell you, as pastor of the church, the spiritual home of Martin Luther King Jr., I’ve seen this year after year, time and time again,” he said. “Every year during Dr. King’s holiday, people stand up and offer pious platitudes to his memory. They try to remember him and dismember him at the same time.”
Warnock continued, “You cannot honor John Lewis while at the same time standing in the way of voting rights. This was what his life was all about and so I know that there are folk who are talking about renaming the [Edmund Pettus] bridge and we ought to do that. He definitely deserves it.”
Watch a video of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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