John Lewis was a legendary figure in America’s Civil Rights movement. Prior to passing, the lawmaker was the last living person who spoke at 1963’s March on Washington. From there, he became one of the United States’ best known and most respected congresspeople.Lewis, however, did not get along with President Donald Trump. It began when Lewis, along with a number of other congresspeople, refused to attend the President’s inauguration. When asked about the Georgia congressman’s legacy on Monday night, Trump refused to talk about anything other than that snub.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan asked the President, “How do you think history will remember John Lewis?” Trump replied, I don’t know. I really don’t know. I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration. He chose — I never met John Lewis, actually.”
“Do you find him impressive,” the interviewer pressed. “Uh, I can’t say one way or another,” Trump said. “I find a lot of people impressive. I find many people not impressive. But no—.”
An aghast Swan responded, “Do you find his story impressive?” The President ranted, “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. Again, nobody has done more for the Black Americans than I have. He should’ve come. I think he made a big mistake.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of HBO:
Trump doesn't know John Lewis yet knew he didn't attend his inauguration, attend his SOTU speeches.
Throws in he should have come.
Doesn't know him, yet oddly knows he devoted a lot of energy/heart into civil rights.
Claims he supports renaming of Edmund Pettus Bridge.#TrumpLies pic.twitter.com/9DDtWkC7pO
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