Joe Scarborough: Is Trump Signalling to White Nationalists By Refusing to Praise John Lewis?

Joe Scarborough: Is Trump Signalling to White Nationalists By Refusing to Praise John Lewis?

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough wondered on Tuesday why President Donald Trump couldn’t bring himself to praise the late Congressman John Lewis, who was a Civil Rights hero. The Morning Joe host discussed the President’s motivations with Reverend Al Sharpton.

“Donald Trump cannot even say John Lewis was an impressive man and he brought up repeatedly – this poor, tortured, twisted soul – brought up repeatedly that John Lewis did not attend his inauguration four years ago,” Scarborough said.

“So as this American icon, this American angel, or saint as Jon Meacham calls him, is lying in state, Donald Trump can’t even say anything nice about him. Is that because he’s extraordinarily small or he’s still sending signals out to white nationalists like David Duke who say that his election was great for America?”

“Probably a combination of both,” Sharpton said. “I mean, for one to sit there as the President of the United States where the three preceding presidents went to not only John Lewis laying in state and gave statements, they went to his funeral in Atlanta, Georgia, none of whom lived in Atlanta, made a journey there to honor him.”

“And you the sitting President are so small, that when someone asked you about a historic figure laying in  state, you say he didn’t come to my inauguration, he didn’t come to my speech. That’s like you asking me about a great American figure and me saying but they didn’t come hear me preach last Sunday. How small can you be?”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor