John Lewis and his impact on this country went far beyond politics. The Georgia lawmaker was the last living person who had spoken at the March on Washington. That’s why, upon news of the congressman’s death, tributes poured in from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Barack Obama, who had seen Lewis as a mentor, penned a long statement about the man. Joe Biden also weighed in to talk about the impact Lewis had on the country. Donald Trump and the White House, however, are yet to release a statement.
Obama took to Twitter, writing, “Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did.” The 44th President also shared a link to a full statement he made about Lewis on medium.com.
Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did:https://t.co/KbVfYt5CeQ
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 18, 2020
Biden said of the man, “We are made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis. He was truly one-of-a-kind, a moral compass who always knew where to point us and which direction to march. To John’s family, friends, staff, and constituents, Jill and I send you our love and prayers.”
My full statement: https://t.co/TVZsGzalO4
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 18, 2020
Trump has been criticized online for not making a statements. The Lincoln Project’s Twitter account remarked, “It’s despicable that Trump and the White House have yet to make a statement on the passing of American hero, Rep. John Lewis.”
It’s despicable that Trump and the White House have yet to make a statement on the passing of American hero, Rep. John Lewis.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 18, 2020
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