Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Beyond Petty

From the Washington Post and HBO:

As three former presidents gathered in Atlanta last week to offer stirring tributes to John Lewis, President Trump was absent. And in a new interview that aired on Monday night, Trump had few kind words of his own for the former Democratic congressman and Civil Rights leader, who died July 17.

Asked by interviewer Jonathan Swan how history would remember Lewis’ contributions to the nation, Trump demurred.

“I don’t know. I don’t know John Lewis,” Trump said in the “Axios on HBO” interview. “He chose not to come to my inauguration.”

Pressed by Swan on whether he found Lewis “impressive,” Trump was likewise noncommittal.

“I can’t way one way or another,” Trump said, before noting again that Lewis had skipped his inauguration and his State of the Union speeches, adding, “Nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have. He should have come.”

This is pathetic.

It should be noted that John Lewis didn’t attend the inauguration of George W. Bush. Mr. Bush came to the funeral,