FILE - In this July 31, 2013, file photo, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaks during a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Capitol Hill in Washington. Philadelphia's Liberty Medal is being presented to Lewis during a Sept. 19, 2016, ceremony honoring his dedication to civil rights, National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen announced Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Reminder: Congressman John Lewis is a Bully Who Uses Race as a Weapon of Fear

While I do not think Donald Trump should have taken after Congressman John Lewis on Twitter, I think people are willfully ignoring the John Lewis of today in favor of a John Lewis who no longer exists. John Lewis once fought for civil rights and justice. But now John Lewis uses race as a weapon against his political opponents. He cheapens a word that once did physical injury to him. He makes race just another political fight.

Several years ago in Atlanta, John Lewis recorded an advertisement for a local candidate running for the Fulton County Commission chairmanship. Atlanta is the county seat. In the commercial, John Lewis says Republicans in charge of Fulton County would be worse than the “dogs and water hoses in the street” and told voters they must vote for the Democrat because their “very lives may depend on it.”

John Lewis is a shrewd politician and he knows he can ride his legacy to his grave labeling his political opponents as racists and very few people will stand up to him. For all the people calling Donald Trump a bully, John Lewis is a race baiting bully and I have the audio to prove it. Listen to that ad.

John Lewis once said that we have to deal with racism still in this country and that we should speak frankly about it and openly and should not sweep it under the rug. He says that, then tells people their political opponents are worse than water hoses and dogs in the street. And this is not the first inauguration John Lewis has skipped. He boycotted George Bush’s inauguration too.

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