Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to condemn President Trump’s racist remarks telling four minority congresswomen to “go back” to their ancestral countries.
“I rise with a sense of righteous indignation to support this resolution,” Lewis, who fought for civil rights in the 1960s, said minutes before the House voted on a resolution to condemn the president’s racist remarks.
“I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it,” he explained. “And at the highest level of government, there’s no room for racism.”
“It sows the seeds of violence and destroys the hopes and dreams of people,” he added.
“The world is watching. They are shocked and dismayed because it seems we have lost our way as a nation, as a proud and great people,” Lewis argued.
“Some of us have been victims of the stain, the pain, and hurt of racism. In the 1950’s and during 1960’s, segregationists told us to go back when we protested for our rights. They told ministers, priests, rabbis, and nuns to go back. They told the innocent little children seeking just an equal education, to go back,” he recalled.
“As a nation and as a people we need to go forward and not backward. With this vote, we stand with our sisters, three were born in America and one came here looking for a better life. With this vote, we meet our moral obligation to condition Democrat hate, racism, and bigotry in every form,” Lewis concluded, to applause from the chamber.
A short time later, the House formally voted to admonish President Trump, approving a resolution condemning as “racist” his tweets targeting four minority congresswomen. Four Republicans broke party lines to support the resolution.