Trump Appears to Criticize the Civil Rights Act: “How Has It Worked Out?”

Donald Trump seemed to criticize the Civil Rights Act during a blockbuster interview released on Tuesday. The President questioned how the landmark legislation had worked out.

Trump spoke to Axios’ Jonathan Swan about the late Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis. Saying he’d done more for Black Americans than anyone except maybe Abraham Lincoln, the President appeared to criticize the historic law.

“I did more for the Black community than anybody with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, whether you like it or not,” Trump said.

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Trump claims again that he's done more for African Americans than any other president except for Lincoln.

Swan asks, "More than Lyndon Johnson?"

Trump's response? "I think I did, yeah." 🤯

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Opinion: Obama Resurrects Hope In His Eulogy to John Lewis

During this past week many of us mourned the loss of John Lewis and the kind of greatness he had.  The iconic civil rights leader was a man who refused to give up or give in after being beaten within an inch of his life.  Those who knew him described him as someone you just had to love. Even Moscow Mitch had to take a moment to speak well of John Lewis. read more

Rev. Al Sharpton Slams Trump for Suggesting He’ll “Protect You From the Blacks”

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Reverend Al Sharpton expressed his disgust following Donald Trump’s remarks about the suburbs and low income housing. He believes Trump has gone beyond dog whistling.

The President tweeted on Wednesday that he had changed an Obama era rule about low income housing that he claimed was harming house prices and causing crime in suburban neighborhoods.

Sharpton told MSNBC on Thursday that this was clearly a racial message.

“We’ve gone from dog whistling to dog barking now, and hoping that if he barks at the dog, the dog will bark back,” Sharpton said.

“He has made a business and political career out of ‘they are going to ruin your neighborhood. I will keep them out of your neighborhood. I will protect you from the Blacks.’ And that’s what he’s going to hear.”

“In a blatant way with no cover, saying they will ruin your neighborhood. It’s all of that that comes with it, they’re robbers, they’re thieves, they will rape your daughters, that’s what he’s messaging here,” he said.

Sharpton sharply criticized Trump for making the statement as the nation mourns Civil Rights icon and Democratic Congressman John Lewis.

“And what is even more offensive, because those of us in the Civil Rights community that have known him are not surprised by it, but what is so blatantly despicable, Joe, is he does it on the period of time we’re mourning John Lewis, who will be funeralized today,” Sharpton said.

“Not only did he not do anything to say in any serious manner how great John Lewis was, he’s going to use this, that we have three presidents on their way to John Lewis’s funeral, to blatantly play the race card and appeal to what he hopes are the white fears that are still there.”

“This is about as low as you can go.”

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John Lewis Appeals for National Redemption in Powerful Posthumous Article

John Lewis made one final appeal to the American people on Thursday in the form of an op-ed written before he passed away. The column was published on the day of his funeral.

The New York Times published the piece, entitled “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation” on the very day the Civil Rights hero and Democratic congressman will be laid to rest.

“Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe,” the subheading reads.

“While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me,” Lewis wrote.

“You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society.”

“Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.”

Lewis’ final message to the country focused on racial justice, Civil Rights and the ongoing struggle for equality. He also called on Americans to rise the challenge.

“Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe,” Lewis wrote.

“In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.”

“When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down

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Clinton, Bush, Obama Will be at John Lewis Funeral, Trump Will Not

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When long-serving and revered lawmakers pass away, it is customary for past and current Presidents to attend the funeral. This hasn’t been the case with Donald Trump. At the request of the family, Trump was not invited to the funeral of legendary Republican John McCain.

While Trump did attend the services for former President George H.W. Bush, he was largely boxed out by the previous Presidents who were these. George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama won’t need to box Trump out at John Lewis’ funeral as the current President will not be in attendance.

CNN’s Stephanie Gallman reports, “Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama will be attending and participating in Congressman John Lewis’s funeral Thursday in Atlanta. President Obama will deliver the eulogy.”

JUST IN – Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama will be attending and participating in Congressman John Lewis’s funeral Thursday in Atlanta. President Obama will deliver the eulogy.

— Stephanie Gallman (@sgallman)

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Trump Still Hasn’t Said Whether He’ll Attend John Lewis’ Lying in State at the Capitol

Donald Trump hasn’t said whether he’ll pay his respects to the late Congressman John Lewis as he lies in state in Washington, D.C. Other leaders have already announced they will.

The Civil Rights hero and long-serving Democratic representative will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda – becoming the first African American lawmaker to ever be given that honor.

However, the President has yet to announce whether he’ll visit the Rotunda and offer his condolences for the congressman’s passing. The two had clashed before Lewis’ death.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will attend the lying in state on Monday evening when they return from a trip to Miami, Florida, where he’ll discuss Coronavirus vaccine trials.

The Vice President’s public schedule shows that he’ll attend but no such announcement has been made for Trump. The President is traveling to North Carolina on Monday and there’s no indication so far that he’ll visit the Rotunda on Tuesday, either.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said there were “no announcements” about Trump’s schedule when she was queried on the matter.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will pay his respects to Lewis on Monday along with other senior figures from both parties. The potential absence of the President will be noted.

Trump had attacked Lewis during his lifetime.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Trump said.

“All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad.”

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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis: Trump “Threatens the Democracy I Spilled My Blood to Protect”

John Lewis has called on the American people to band together and elect former Vice President Joe Biden. The Civil Rights icon made an impassioned plea on Sunday.

Lewis, a Democratic congressman, urged a vote for Biden in an email to Biden supporters over the weekend. He framed November’s election as a last chance to save democracy.

“This President threatens the democracy I spilled blood to protect,” the fundraising email begins.

“Since the day he took office, I’ve witnessed this President turn a blind eye to hatred in this nation and refuse to protect American citizens from violence and discrimination.”

“I watched this President rip newborn infants from their mothers’ arms, put them into cages, and leave them separated for weeks on end. I refuse to let his reign of terror continue.”

“He must be stopped. And we are the only people who can stop him.”

“If  – and only if  – we band together, will we elect Joe Biden and save our democracy.”

“None of us can do it alone. I know better than anyone it takes a group of people taking a stand.”

“We’re fighting for the very soul of our nation,” Lewis wrote.

“I can’t overstate the urgency of defending our democracy against this dangerous President.”

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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Endorses Joe Biden for President

Civil rights icon Senator John Lewis (D-Ga.) announced his endorsement of prospective Democratic nominee Joe Biden for the presidency.

“We need his voice,” Lewis said. “We need his leadership now more than ever before,” he continued. “We need someone who is going to get out country on the right side of history, and help save our planet.”

Lewis, a key player during the Civil Rights Movement and was severely beaten by police during the 1965 Bloody Sunday protest, also appealed to young black voters who’ve expressed less enthusiasm about Biden’s candidacy.

“I would tell young people the story of Selma and Montgomery and Mississippi,” Lewis said. “If we fail to vote, we don’t count. The vote is the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have in society, and we must use it.”

“We have a choice,” he continued, without naming President Donald Trump by name.

Lewis also shared his thoughts on Biden’s potential running mate.

“It would be good to have a woman,” Lewis said. “It would be good to have a woman who looks like the rest of America. “We have plenty of able women. Some are black, white, Latino, Asian American, Native American. I think the time is long past for making the White House look like the whole of America.”

Lewis is battling pancreatic cancer. He has clashed with Trump before, often calling him out for racist rhetoric shared on Twitter.

John Lewis Now Supports the Ocasio-Cortez ‘Green New Deal’

Many Congressional Democrats are now supporting a new plan by Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to address climate change. The 29 year-old Ocasio-Cortez and her supporters are demanding that the House create a Select Climate Committee. They also want Nancy Pelosi and other members of House leadership to back a “Green New Deal” plan.

One provision of the plan is that the new group would only include members who refuse to accept campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry. It also calls for Democrats to formulate a climate action plan that sets a timetable and a goal for a 100 percent renewable energy economy.

On Saturday Ocasio-Cortez asked her supporters to contact their congressional representative on Twitter and “call them on Monday, too.”

On Sunday evening, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) became the 10th member of the Democratic Party caucus to back the proposal. Huffman posted a supportive tweet:

I welcome the energy/urgency from @Ocasio2018 & @sunrisemvmt in proposing #GreenNewDeal. I support that & will also keep working on multiple specific, ambitious climate bills I’ve been championing for years. Let’s work together to meet this environmental/economic/moral imperative.”

And Ocasio-Cortez immediately responded:

“Thank you for your leadership, @JaredHuffman!
Your expertise, experience, and courage to take on fossil fuels is exactly what a Select Committee on a #GreenNewDeal needs. @sunrisemvmt – add one more champion to the list!
& THANK YOU to ALL voters communicating w/ your reps!”

Thank you for your leadership, @JaredHuffman!

Your expertise, experience, and courage to take on fossil fuels is exactly what a Select Committee on a #GreenNewDeal needs.@sunrisemvmt – add one more champion to the list!

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