Trump Says He Will Not Pay Respects To Late Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis
According to ABC News, President Donald Trump said Monday that he does not plan to pay his respects to the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
- Asked if he would visit the Capitol on Monday or Tuesday to honor the civil rights icon, Trump told reporters, "No, I won't be going. No.” The president’s revelation came as he departed the White House to visit “a North Carolina facility involved in producing a potential coronavirus vaccine.”
- The report stated that Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence are expected to visit on Monday evening, and former Vice President Joe Biden and former second lady Jill Biden are scheduled to visit the Capitol on Monday as well.
- ABC News reported that “Lewis is the second Black lawmaker to lie in state at the Capitol, a tribute reserved for the most revered Americans, following the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Maryland democratic lawmaker, who died last October.”
The Hill noted that the lawmaker “emerged as a key figure of the civil rights movement, having survived a brutal beating by Alabama state troopers during the 1965 march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery that has become known as ‘Bloody Sunday.’”
On Sunday, Lewis was carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on a horse-drawn caisson, ABC News reported, 55 years after “Bloody Sunday.”