Congressman John Lewis Fails Black Americans (and Constituents) by Pursuing Illegal Alien Amnesty and Open Borders
Rep. John Lewis’ recent disparagement of President-elect Trump as not ”legitimate” has brought a minor flurry of histories of the congressman’s bogus racism accusations against political foes. Rush Limbaugh called him a Democrat Party hack and John Hinderaker defined the Georgia representative as ”an utter fraud” in a recent Powerline column.
One of the most effective was Joel Pollak’s excellent list of lies:
Six False Accusations by John Lewis, Hero-Turned-Hack, Breitbart.com, January 15, 2017
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is a civil rights hero. He is also one of the most partisan members of the Democratic Party, and frequently accuses his political opponents, falsely, of racism.
Lewis also uses his iconic stature to deflect criticism when he is called out for these false attacks, exploiting — and, arguably, demeaning — the civil rights movement.
Here are five of the worst recent examples of what has become, for Rep. Lewis, a shamefully routine practice.
2008: Falsely accused Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Gov. Sarah Palin of racism. Lewis attacked McCain and Palin, then running against Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for president: “Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division,” he said, going on to suggest that the Republican ticket were creating the climate for racist terrorism. “[Democrat] George Wallace never threw a bomb … but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans … four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.” Years later, McCain still had not forgiven him: “I’ll never forgive John Lewis,” he told AL.com in 2013.
2010: Falsely claimed that Tea Party demonstrators said the “N-word” during anti-Obamacare rally. Lewis joined several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus in claiming that a crowd of thousands of Tea Party protesters on the steps of Capitol Hill had shouted the “N-word” at them when they walked through the crowd — apparently in the hope of provoking a reaction. “It surprised me that people are so mean and we can’t engage in a civil dialogue and debate,” Lewis claimed. But he never proved the accusation — and when Andrew Breitbart offered to donate $10,000, then $100,000, to the United Negro College Fund for any video evidence of the “N-word,” none surfaced — despite hundreds of cameras present.
2012: Falsely accused Republicans of wanting to take Americans back to Jim Crow. Lewis gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in which he recalled being beaten by white racists, along with fellow Freedom Riders, in 1961. He concluded by implying that Republicans wanted to bring back those days of blood and hatred: “Brothers and sisters, do you want to go back? Or do you want to keep America moving forward?”
2016: Falsely compared Donald Trump to George Wallace. Reviving his theme from 2008, Lewis said that Trump reminded him of the governors of the Jim Crow South and the police who let dogs loose on demonstrators: “I’ve been around a while and Trump reminds me so much of a lot of the things that George Wallace said and did … Sometimes I feel like I am reliving part of my past. I heard it so much growing up in the South…I heard it so much during the days of the civil rights movement. As a people, I just think we could do much better,” he told the Los Angeles Times in an interview.
2017: Falsely claimed Trump is “illegitimate” because of a Russian “conspiracy.” Joining the tin foil hat brigade, Lewis claimed that Trump was a kind of “Manchurian Candidate” put in place by Russia: “I don’t see the president-elect as a legitimate president. … I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians, and others, that helped him get elected.”
2016: Falsely claimed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) played no role in the civil rights movement. Lewis, a supporter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency, tried to trash Sanders’s civil rights credentials. “I never saw him. I never met him,” Lewis said. Proof later emerged of Sanders’s arrest in civil rights protests in Chicago in the 1960s.
Rep. Lewis is clearly a Democrat Party man, who uses his status as a civil rights “icon” to make the most outrageous allegations of racism about political opponents without receiving public condemnation.
But he’s arguably worse than that because he has worked against the welfare of his constituents, black Americans and citizens in general by his amazingly hard-core advocacy of mass amnesty for millions of job-stealing illegal aliens.
A few years ago, Lewis declared on Martin Luther King Day that Dr. King would be “preaching all across America” for amnesty.
So millions of Mexicans could compete with black Americans for their jobs?? Remember that King was assassinated in Memphis where he had traveled to support the black city sanitation workers in their strike for increased wages and better conditions. One of his top priorities was bigger paychecks for poor people, and Dr. King was intelligent enough to understand the effect of excess supply of labor upon wages. Also, in 1991 his widow Coretta Scott King asked Senator Orrin Hatch not to implement a plan to gut the prohibitions against illegal-alien employment that were present in the 1986 IRCA law.
In 2014, as thousands of unaccompanied children swarmed Obama’s open border, Congressman Lewis egged them on, saying, “We are all connected. We can’t just build a wall or a fence and say no more. This is America. Our doors are open.”
Plus, Lewis is not just an amnesty voter and chatterbox from hell — he has applied his civil rights pixie dust to illegal immigration by using the historic style of marches, civil disobedience and arrests to the issue. In doing so, he equates black Americans’ pursuit of long-denied civil rights with invasive foreigners’ demands for equality with citizens. In 2013, he was one of eight uber-left Democrats who were arrested in a pro-amnesty action in DC when they blocked a street.