Trump dis­misses Lewis’ legacy

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON - Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal griev­ances aired anew this week as he dis­missed the legacy of the late U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Lewis af­ter snub­bing the civil rights icon and de­fended his de­ci­sion not to pay his re­spects fol­low­ing Lewis’ re­cent death.

Lewis, who played an in­stru­men­tal role in pass­ing the Vot­ing Rights Act of 1965, was buried last week af­ter an emo­tional ser­vice in At­lanta at­tended by three of the na­tion’s four liv­ing past pres­i­dents.

Asked about the legacy of Lewis and how his­tory would re­mem­ber him, Trump told Ax­ios: “I re­ally don’t know ... I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my in­au­gu­ra­tion ... I never met John Lewis, ac­tu­ally, I don’t be­lieve.”

Lewis did not at­tend Trump’s Jan­uary 2017 pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion af­ter ques­tion­ing the le­git­i­macy of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion amid Rus­sian med­dling, spark­ing a ver­bal clash with the then-pres­i­dent elect.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.