Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis: Trump Wouldn’t Be POTUS ‘If Martin Luther King Had Been Alive’


To commemorate Martin Luther King day, The View invited civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis to appear on-set. And Lewis, whose battle with then-president elect Donald Trump over his inauguration boycott dominated the headlines last January, reflected on his decision to skip Trumps inaugural.

“I couldn’t be at home with myself if I had to participate or be part of it,” Lewis said. “The [civil rights] movement taught us to withdraw from evil. I never felt that his election was legitimate.”

View co-host Joy Behar asked Lewis if he believes Trump would have been elected in the first place if Dr. King were still alive. Lewis said no — Trump wouldn’t be president.

“If Martin Luther king had been alive, no,” Lewis said. “Dr. King would have been able to lead us to a different place. Our country would be different.”

Lewis closed with a reflection on Dr. King.

“He taught me how to stand up,” Lewis said. “To speak up and speak out and not to be afraid. And I felt that when he was assassinated, that something died in America. And something died in all of us. And this country has not been on the right path since.

Watch above, via ABC.

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