Originally posted on August 4, 2020
John Lewis was a widely respected congressman and civil rights leader who died a couple of weeks ago, on July 17, 2020. Respected enough that 3 former presidents from both parties gave speeches at his funeral. Trump was not among them. In fact, Trump only reluctantly noted Lewis’s death at all. One might attribute this lack of respect from Trump to their almost polar opposite political philosophies.
Who am I kidding? Trump – political philosophy? Please. More likely Trump was upset that he suffered some personal slight by Lewis. Personal slights seem to be the best way to get a reaction from Trump, and in this case that turned out to be so. In an interview with Axios Trump was asked about it, and the Washington Post summarizes his response.
“I don’t know. I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration.”
So that’s it? Lewis didn’t come to Trump’s inauguration, and apparently Trump is still holding onto that grudge. He mentioned the inauguration twice and the State of the Union also, so it’s something that’s been on Trump’s mind. Are any of us surprised?