Donald Trump is not impressed by John Lewis.
Towards the end of a very wild interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan, Trump was asked to comment on John Lewis’ legacy. His response was classic Trump. Instead of taking into account Lewis’ contribution to civil and voting rights, Trump responded by complaining about Lewis’ absence from his inauguration and State of the Union speeches.
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know John Lewis,” Trump said, adding: ““He chose not to come to my inauguration. He chose—I don’t—I never met John Lewis actually, I don’t believe.”
“Do you find him impressive,” Swan asked again.
“I can’t say one way or the other,” Trump responded. “I find a lot of people impressive. I find many people not impressive. But no, 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. And, again, nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have. He should’ve come. I think he made a big mistake. I think he should’ve come.”
Swan tried once more to get Trump to comment on Lewis’ legacy instead of their personal relationship.
“But taking your relationship with him out of it. Do you find his story impressive, what he’s done for this country?,” Swan asked.
“He was a person who devoted a lot of energy and a lot of heart to civil rights, but there were many others also,” Trump responded.
He added that he would not object to the Edmund Pettus Bridge being renamed to honor John Lewis.
Donald Trump is not impressed with John Lewis: “He chose not to come to my inauguration”.