President Trump on Monday said he will not visit the Capitol to honor the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
“I won’t be going, no,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House for a trip to North Carolina when asked if he planned to visit the Capitol either Monday or Tuesday to pay his respects to Lewis.
"I won't be going."
Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House that he would not go to pay respects to Congressman John Lewis as he lies in state at the Capitol pic.twitter.com/dkcOOvHvsY
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Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence are scheduled to visit the Capitol, where Lewis will lie in state in the rotunda, Monday evening after the vice president returns from a trip to Florida to discuss coronavirus vaccine research.
Lewis’s casket arrived at the Capitol just as Trump was leaving Washington, D.C., for North Carolina.
Trump was sharply critical of Lewis in 2017, saying his Atlanta-area district was in “horrible shape” and calling the congressman “all talk” and “no action or results.”
Just a reminder that President Trump has denigrated John Lewis, Elijah Cummings and John McCain but praised white nationalists, confederate leaders, and dictators like Kim Jong-un and Putin. When someone shows you who they are, believe them.
— An Ethical Donald (@donaldonethics) July 20, 2020