Thursday August 06, 2020
'He Didn't Come to My Inauguration'
These are the last questions Axios' Jonathan Swan asked Donald Trump in his devastating interview the other day. I have to include them because it's about my man John Lewis. Keep in mind: We're talking about an American hero here.
Swan: John Lewis is lying in state in the U.S. Capitol. How do you think history will remember John Lewis?
Trump: I don't know. I really don't know. I don't know. I don't know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration. He chose... I never met John Lewis, actually, I don't believe.
Swan: Do you find him impressive?
Trump: I can't say one or the other. I find a lot of people impressive. I find many people not impressive. But no, but I didn't go-
Swan: Do you find his story impressive?
Trump: He didn't come to my inauguration. He didn't come to my State of the Union speeches, and that's okay. That's his right. And again, nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have.
Swan: I understand.
Trump: He should've come. I think he made a big mistake by not showing up.
Swan: But taking your relationship with him out of it, do you find his story impressive? What he's done for this country?
Trump: He was a person that devoted a lot of energy and a lot of heart to civil rights, but there were many others also.
Swan: There's a petition to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama as the John Lewis Bridge. Would you support that idea?
Trump: I would have no objection to it if they've like to do it.
Swan: Yeah? It's a good idea?
Trump: Would have no objection to it whatsoever.
A few points worth reiterating:
- What does Trump know about John Lewis' achievements? What specifically? In his first response, he says “I don't know” four times and three different ways.
- All he knows is the personal: “He didn't come to my inauguration. He didn't come to my State of the Union speeches.”
- And in the same breath, in which he talks vaguely and dismissively about a man who put his life on the line again and again for civil rights and voting rights, he says, “Nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have.”
Civil rights hero? He didn't honor me. Me, who wouldn't rent to African Americans, took out a full page age calling for the death of the Central Park Five, and came to power via race-baiting? No one's done more for Black Americans.
What I wouldn't give to make this solipsistic horror show see the light for just 60 seconds.