Ever since it broke that Donald Trump made his “sh*thole countries” comment, the responses from various congressional leaders have been nonstop throughout the day and will likely continue into next week especially considering it’s becoming more and more clear that Trump really did make the comments he was alleged to have made.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed Trump made the remarks and the media reports were 100 percent accurate. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) claimed they could not recall if Trump made them. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gave a limp response that was basically a cop out, so he wouldn’t have to criticize the president. Many others expressed their outrage.
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) expressed that same outrage on MSNBC in an interview on Thursday. While speaking to Katy Tur, Lewis announced he would not be attending the upcoming State of the Union address.
Lewis himself marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and fought in the Civil Rights movement. He noted that America had made such progress; however, Trump was reversing that progress.
‘We’ve come so far. We’ve made so much progress, and sometimes I feel like Mr. Trump is not really in tune with what the American people have been all about, to redeem the soul of America, to create what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the beloved community.’
Tur asked Lewis what he thought about Trump possibly being racist. Based on Trump’s history, anyone with any sense would give a resounding yes. Lewis said:
‘Well, I think the words and his action tend to speak like one who knows something about being a racist. It must be in his DNA or in his makeup, but it’s frightening to have someone in the office of the president in 2018 speaking the way that he is speaking.
‘We’ve come too far. We’ve made too much progress to go back to fan the flames of racism and bigotry.’
If anyone believes for a second Trump’s remarks would not add fuel to the fire, it should be noted that Richard Spender applauded Trump for his remarks. Richard Spencer, a white nationalist leader, tweeted:
‘I must come to the defense of #Haiti! It’s a potentially beautiful and productive country. The problem is that it’s filled with shithole people. If the French dominated, they could make it great again. #MakeHaitiGreatAgain’
It doesn’t stop there. According to The New York Times, the Daily Stormer posted on their page:
‘This is encouraging and refreshing, as it indicates Trump is more or less on the same page as us with regards to race and immigration.’
Lewis noted he felt even more strongly the president wasn’t a legitimate president. That’s when he said he would not be attending the State of the Union address.
‘At this junction, I do not plan to attend the State of the Union … I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans. I just cannot do it. I wouldn’t be honest with myself.’
Tur then asked a poignant question that only a few like Lewis could answer. She asked what he thought MLK Jr. would say today if he were alive. Lewis spoke:
‘He would say, “Mr. President, wake up. You need to do what is right. You need to do what is fair. You need to be a little more human and respect the dignity and work that every human being … and stop putting people down because of their race, their color, or their nationality.”‘
All we can hope is that Trump will hear Lewis’ words and will heed them.
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