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Moyers writes: "Time and again Lewis was on the front line of the fight for civil rights, spat upon, insulted and vilified, while far to the north, Donald Trump was using the fortune handed him by his father to launch a real estate empire without ever getting his fingernails dirty."

Bill Moyers and Rep. John Lewis at the Lincoln Memorial in 2013. (photo: Peter Nelson)
Bill Moyers and Rep. John Lewis at the Lincoln Memorial in 2013. (photo: Peter Nelson)


John Lewis Is a True American Profile in Courage

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

16 January 17

 

Bill Moyers says Donald Trump isn't fit to be the carbuncle on Lewis' posterior.

igh from his gilded throne room in midtown Manhattan — like Zeus from Mt. Olympus — Donald Trump has been hurling tweeted spitballs at Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. He’s a man of “no action,” typed Trump with his tiny (manicured) fingers, of one of America’s true heroes of the modern age — a man so brutally assaulted by state troopers during the l965 march from Selma to Montgomery that he nearly died from a fractured skull.

Time and again Lewis was on the front line of the fight for civil rights, spat upon, insulted and vilified, while far to the north, Donald Trump was using the fortune handed him by his father to launch a real estate empire without ever getting his fingernails dirty.

Now, for daring to say that Trump cannot be “a legitimate president” because of Russia’s help in electing him, John Lewis is #1 on Trump’s hit list. Yes, Donald Trump — whose political career took off with a campaign of lies about Barack Obama’s birthplace with the intent of denying the president his legitimacy.

John Lewis needn’t be worried about what Donald Trump thinks of him; he’s faced down bullies and bigots before, tough guys with billy clubs and water hoses in the streets instead of a wannabe tinpot of no class glowering from his penthouse lair and showering loutish insults at his betters below; Trump isn’t fit to be a carbuncle on John Lewis’s posterior. Take a look at a real hero in this profile we produced of Lewis on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King and other giants of the time, John Lewis walked right into the history books.


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-27 # Ken Halt 2017-01-16 12:11
My respect for Mr. Lewis dropped precipitately when, without doing any homework, implied that Bernie Sanders had not been on the front lines in the fight for civil liberties and that HRC had been. I believe Mr. Lewis and Bernie even participated in the same demonstration but did not meet. Shame on you, Mr. Lewis, you have been coopted by the Democratic machine. Civil rights, economic justice, and equal opportunity go hand in hand, can't have one without the other. Where is Hillary now? She's not fighting the good fight and standing up for the 99% as Bernie is still doing. You might have made a difference if you had supported a better candidate, one who revered MLK and has worked all his life for the betterment of all people.
 
 
-19 # FIRSTNORN1 2017-01-16 14:24
Not knowing the facts, I must refrain from giving Ken Halt's post a thumb up or a thumb down.
I will venture out into the future to predict that the Democratic Party has messed up so badly in 2016 that we will have a Senate with at least 60 Republican Senators after the November, 2018 mid-term elections.
 
 
-15 # ericlipps 2017-01-16 16:28
Quoting FIRSTNORN1:
Not knowing the facts, I must refrain from giving Ken Halt's post a thumb up or a thumb down.
I will venture out into the future to predict that the Democratic Party has messed up so badly in 2016 that we will have a Senate with at least 60 Republican Senators after the November, 2018 mid-term elections.

Yea, verily, the Democratic Party hath sinned against our holy prophet Bernie, so the Lord God smite them with defeat and cast them for into exile for lo, the next election!
 
 
0 # Annette Saint John Lawrence 2017-01-18 08:04
For those of you who are making fun of this I say to you, verily you have no idea how right ericlipps is to a point. Hillary and the Party pulled every dirty trick in the book to shun Bernie. She was so cheerful when she stole the election in California by a flip of the coin. The negative karma came back and bit her in the butt. I smiled. But regardless of who did what, the way this level plays out, the choices that people make that determines who is going to get the shaft. What the Democratic Party at the top, has abandoned the people so they could worship the Golden Calf.Those who engaged had to walk in the desert until the culprits had died off. It was the same with Gomorrah .When free will makes lousy choices that are immensely destructive, it will reflect and manifest a cleansing. It wasn't God's choice it was the people. We are the creator. If you think this a bunch of baloney, I tell you I had two near death experiences and went to the other side. I got to have a understanding of how things work here. So if the want to know what the future holds for a County, a city, a village from a social aspect of community, you need look know further then how the nucleus of those communities are. If the consciousness of the people are filled with againstnes and hatred we get to eat it our creation. It is exactly the same on a personal level. What we reap with our thoughts & Focus upon we manifest. Positive or Negative it's our creation. God Bless us all.
 
 
+24 # Femihumanist 2017-01-16 14:47
From what I understand, Lewis never said (or implied) that Sanders wasn't on the front lines. He said he had never met him. Well, I know a lot of people that Lewis probably never met, but he wouldn't say they weren't there. If I don't meet a friend at a demonstration, it doesn't mean they weren't there. It just means it was a big demonstration.

Most of us work and worked in our own communities, not necessarily in Georgia or any other hot button area. I hope I meet Ken next weekend at the Women's March, but if I don't and he says he was there, I'll believe him.
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2017-01-16 17:42
He definitely did imply it.
 
 
-21 # Skyelav 2017-01-16 15:31
Thank you Ken Halt. We have (as I see by the negatives to your post) become a nation of emotional reactors and whiners. Rather than laud you for pointing out a truth you are villified for it. Killing the messenger? How original.

Years ago someone did a study nationwide, where they put the IQ averages out for three demographics, Asian, black, and white. The results were put into a news cast on NPR or was it a feature piece. Anyway the results were Asian kids had the highest scores, followed by whites, then blacks. There was immediate and vociferous outrage at this. "How dare you put such derogatory information on the radio," "This isn't any way to treat African Americans," and so on. How do we make changes if we don't understand the problems beginning with facts and figures?
 
 
-9 # markovchhaney 2017-01-16 18:00
Absolutely correct.
 
 
+13 # Art947 2017-01-16 14:26
Ken Halt,your comments are totally uncalled for! If fighting against the bigoted, racist, narcissistic coward, who will be an illegitimate president of this country on January 20th isn't enough for you after a half-century of fighting against a society that honored bigots and racists, then the question is: what are your credentials in this fight? Are you from a district that re-elected a Rethugnican to a seat in Congress? Is your state represented by a Rethugnican in the Senate? Is your state legislature representative of the population diversity in your region? Let us know how YOU are making changes, rathere than continuing to harp on a result that can't be changed.
 
 
+4 # markovchhaney 2017-01-16 18:03
Gee, I guess that cuts both ways, then.
 
 
+4 # Ken Halt 2017-01-17 16:06
Art: Sorry, but the vicious class warfare being waged against the 99% is a serious struggle. If you believe the US should have good education, universal healthcare, better standard of living, maternity/pater nity leave, $15 minimum wage, etc, we have to know whom we can count on to fight for and with us. I've thrown my support to Our Revolution and am ready to be out on the street and stand up for the 99%. Please go to Youtube and watch the CBC PAC news conference and make up your own mind. We need to keep in office the congress people who are working for the 99% and throw out those who are not, electing real progressives to take their place.
 
 
+1 # Art947 2017-01-17 19:29
Yes, Ken, this is the battle that we need to wage on a daily basis. I also agree that we have to support those you will fight the good fight by aiding them in any way that we can. I initially supported Emily's List until I saw that many of the women on its list were "turncoats" at moments when their support was crucial in the battle against the Rethugnicans who are hellbent on destroying anything that Pres. Obama proposed. I prefer to donate to individual women representatives who demonstrate consistency in the fight.

BTW, I have also donated to Our Revolution and will continue to do so.
 
 
+21 # Citizen Mike 2017-01-16 15:40
It only takes one good man to stand up for a correct principle or a just cause. Following his public example, others who might have had the same thought but were hesitant to act will stand up with him. And then a movement spreads widely. This man stood up and spoke the truth and now others are following him. Let's hope this brilliant resistance to potential tyranny spreads through congress and spills over into the press and the public. The idea of Trump's Treason, his playing footsie with the Russians, will move from the fringes to the mainstream of public consciousness.
 
 
-41 # Pops07 2017-01-16 15:40
In today's world, John Lewis is irrelevant.
 
 
+13 # Citizen Mike 2017-01-16 16:59
Quoting Pops07:
In today's world, John Lewis is irrelevant.

You are mistaken. Watch and see.
 
 
+11 # sayenitnow 2017-01-16 18:01
#Pops07
For the Future of our Country and humanity I hope, and believe you are very wrong :/
 
 
+11 # reiverpacific 2017-01-16 18:15
Quoting Pops07:
In today's world, John Lewis is irrelevant.


Huh; "They sneer at wounds who never felt the pain!"
 
 
+3 # Skippydelic 2017-01-16 21:43
Quoting Pops07:
In today's world, John Lewis is irrelevant.


And what does that say about today's world?
 
 
0 # James38 2017-01-19 01:36
Pops, if there is any way you could qualify that statement to make it relevant or in any way true, you forgot to do so.

As it stands that is an absurd, demeaning, and irrelevant comment.
 
 
+10 # gordon.silverman 2017-01-16 16:15
I have had great respect and admiration for Representative Lewis for many years. However, I was deeply disappointed by the way he conducted himself in the recent election. Preferring Sec't. Clinton to any other candidate is within his rights - even his obligations - as a citizen, and he did make arguments in support of her proposals. However, to distort her contributions to the civil rights movement at the expense of Bernie Sanders was deeply disturbing. Such remarks implying that he "saw the Clintons" at the peak years of protest while ignoring the activities of Sen. Sanders was "misleading" at best and (quite frankly) an extraordinary disservice. Yes, he did meet them but long after he was beaten during the height of the protest years, while he "never saw" Sen. Sanders could be accurate as it is almost certain that he did not see "everyone" - like Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman. (Sen. Sanders was beaten and went to jail as subsequent information and pictures revealed.)Had he wanted to imply Sanders' distance from the civil rights causes, HE SHOULD HAVE CHECKED HIS FACTS BEFORE MAKING SUCH "INFLAMMATORY" REMARKS. By resorting to such "political" tactics he has greatly diminished my esteem for him. While one hopes that candidates in the public forum give us cogent arguments, we am beset by tactics such as these in American politics and we can expect them to continue despite the admirable efforts of Bill Moyers.
 
 
+1 # Ken Halt 2017-01-16 23:34
gordon: My concerns and stated more gracefully. "By resorting to such "political" tactics he has greatly diminished my esteem for him. While one hopes that candidates in the public forum give us cogent arguments, we am beset by tactics such as these in American politics and we can expect them to continue despite the admirable efforts of Bill Moyers." In order to see into the present we have to know the past, this is how we understand who can be counted upon in the present and in the future.
 
 
0 # James38 2017-01-19 01:33
Gordon.S, You will be interested to read the following:

As to Lewis' statements, see this article in which he clarifies what he meant:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/13/john-lewis-congressional-black-caucus-bernie-sanders-civil-rights-movement?CMP=share_btn_tw

Said Lewis:

“The fact that I did not meet him in the movement does not mean I doubted that Senator Sanders participated in the civil rights movement, neither was I attempting to disparage his activism."
 
 
+13 # CragJensen 2017-01-16 17:05
A plague of insanity has spread across America and has given us fascist monster as our furher to further the damage. John Lewis is taking a heroic stand against the sick monster who will become America's first true dictator only four days from now. All true patriots must now rise or forever fall victim to the horrid malignancy that has been visited upon us. Trump is, indeed, illigitimate! So, thank you John Lewis for giving those who cherish democracy and human decency a voice.
 
 
+7 # shefarm@gmail.com 2017-01-16 17:15
I am grateful to see this documentary about the civil rights movement and one of it's few remaining heroes.
We are facing a a dangerous moment in our history right now. Let us learn from the strength and WISDOM and determination of that movement.
John Lewis had the courage to Call out the truth:a truly rigged election-
An illegitimate president-elect .
How about we work together to resist and insure we have a future for all of us?
Let us not be petty, none of us is perfect;
If we work together, learn from the past, be bold going into the future, We can win.
 
 
-3 # lfeuille 2017-01-16 22:39
He didn't call out the rigged election, the millions of disenfranchised voters or the hundreds of thousands of uncounted ballots. He just endorsed the CIA's Russian witch hunt.
 
 
+5 # draypoker 2017-01-16 17:46
Viewed from outside the US, Trump is illegitimate as Clinton got nearly three million votes more than he did.
 
 
+4 # AshamedAmerican 2017-01-16 19:42
But she was an illegitimate nominee.
 
 
+4 # MaggieB 2017-01-16 17:49
I don't agree that the civil rights hero John Lewis is irrelevant, but I was certainly disappointed when the Black Caucus PAC endorsed Hillary Clinton last February. (Keith Ellison earned my respect by endorsing Bernie Sanders.) I think it's a very open question whether the Russians attempted to skew the election and was sorry to see Mr. Lewis base his assessment of Mr. Trump's legitimacy on that shaky foundation, when there are so many other issues he could have emphasized. I do applaud Mr. Lewis-- and Mr. Ellison-- for boycotting the inauguration.
 
 
+15 # Bic Parker 2017-01-16 18:00
"In today's world, John Lewis is irrelevant." Pops07

History is irrelevant? And someone who got bloodied fighting for our voting rights and democracy is irrelevant??

OUTRAGEOUS!!!!
 
 
+11 # Benjamin L. Palumbo 2017-01-16 18:49
Is John Lewis' choice of a candidate in the presidential primary really relevant to the truth he has expressed about Trump's legitimacy? Of course not. By questioning Trump's legitimacy, Lewis continues to show the kind of courage, he has for his entire life.
 
 
-2 # lfeuille 2017-01-16 22:19
The problem is not his opposition to Trump. The problem is that he has crawled into bed with the CIA to express his opposition.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-01-17 16:48
His entire life .. except when he threw Sen. Sanders under the bus.
 
 
0 # James38 2017-01-18 23:57
Librarian, you seem to be repeating this idea without doing enough reading.

From the discussion on Lewis "I Don't See This President-Elect as a Legitimate President"
( http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/41390-john-lewis )

"When it came down to Hillary vs Trump, the choice was clear. A vote for Stein or Johnson was a vote for Trump. They had NO chance of winning. If all Democratic voters had gotten out and voted for Clinton, as Bernie urged, we would not be in this mess. Clinton was the "attainable, the second best", and that would have been better than allowing Trump to take the election by capitalizing on divisions among Democrats.

As to Lewis' statements, see this article in which he clarifies what he meant:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/13/john-lewis-congressional-black-caucus-bernie-sanders-civil-rights-movement?CMP=share_btn_tw

John Lewis in "the guardian":
“The fact that I did not meet him in the movement does not mean I doubted that Senator Sanders participated in the civil rights movement, neither was I attempting to disparage his activism."

Librarian, this clearly shows that Lewis did not intend to throw Sen. Sanders under the bus or do anything else to disrespect him.

Librarian, please read the article in the guardian referenced below. It will clarify the situation.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/13/john-lewis-congressional-black-caucus-bernie-sanders-civil-rights-movement?CMP=share_btn_tw
 
 
0 # Dale 2017-01-18 10:36
John Lewis was a militant and great leader. Then he came to Washington and became a leader of the Black Caucus. He led a congressional sit/in and now takes a firm stand on Trump. Unfortunately, he seems to have forgotten his militant past by his, and the Black Caucus, supporting Hillary Clinton.
 

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