Trump Says He Doesn’t If Know John Lewis Was Impressive: ‘Nobody Has Done More for Black Americans Than I Have’
President Donald Trump wouldn’t say if he found John Lewis an impressive figure during an interview with Axios Jonathan Swan, released on Monday. The late Democratic congressman was a Civil Rights hero who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King.
Swan asked Trump how he thought Lewis would be remembered.
“I really don’t know,” Trump said. “I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration. … I never met John Lewis, actually, I don’t believe.”
Swan: Do you find John Lewis impressive?
Trump: I can't say one way or the other… but, no, he didn't come to my inauguration. He didn't come to my SOTU speeches, and that's ok… And again, nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 4, 2020
Trump was asked if he thought Lewis’ life was impressive. There’s been bipartisan praise and mourning since Lewis’ death and he lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda. The President did not visit the Lewis’ coffin, however.The interview took place while Lewis was lying in state.
“He didn’t come to my inauguration,” Trump said. “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 have come. I think he made a big mistake.”
The President went on to say he wasn’t sure if he found Lewis impressive.
“I can’t say one way or the other. I find a lot of people impressive. I find many people not impressive,” Trump said.
Watch the video above, via Twitter.