To the certainties of death and taxes you can add Trump’s Obama angst and dissing of the late John Lewis. Both were summarily dumped as Trump avoided Lewis’s funeral and found Obama’s eulogy of the distinguished congressman “terrible” and “angry.”
In one fell swoop Trump unleashed his distaste for two Black men who have, in his opinion, opposed him at every turn. “I thought it was a terrible speech,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends” when asked about the eulogy. “It showed this anger there that people don’t see.”
It might be said that Trump’s response is evidence of his ongoing anger and dismissive attitude when it comes to anything Obama. His dislike for Lewis, he claimed, stems from the representative not attending his inauguration or charging that his election was illegitimate. It’s a good bet that he didn’t watch the CBS tribute to Lewis on Tuesday evening, and you wonder whether he actually watched Obama’s eulogy.
He didn’t need to hear or see either since his mind was already made up about them, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms shared a piece of her mind about Trump’s comments of Lewis. “He’s a narcissist and he’s delusional,” she said with disgust. “He’s done nothing for African Americans in this country, and to speak that in the same sentence as speaking of John Lewis is almost blasphemous.”
Trump had boasted that he had done more for Black Americans than any president, except Abraham Lincoln, a claim that has little evidence. In fact, what we do know is that he has persistently derided Obama in his mission to negate his legacy.
When you find it unnecessary to celebrate the life of a true patriot, then there is no need to cite the countless number of times Trump has disparaged Black Americans and other minorities, including the disabled.
But those are comments we reserve for our editorials. What Mayor Bottoms offered is testament enough of his outlook on others, no matter their race, creed, or religion. And what she had to say is no more than what Trump’s niece has told the world.