Civil Rights legend Rep. John Lewis has confirmed that demonstrators at the Capitol yelled the word “nigger” at him repeatedly at him, his Chief of Staff, and Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana, about an hour and 45 minutes ago as the three walked from the Cannon House Office Building and crossed Independence Avenue to the U.S. Capitol.
Rep. Lewis was softspoken and low key when 6 reporters questioned him on the incident as he left a meeting where President Obama spoke to House Democrsts on health care. He answered a few questions but clearly wasn’t looking to talk at length.
“It’s OK. I’ve heard this before in the 60s. A lot of this is just downright hate.” When asked if the N word was used Lewis answered in a low voice, “Yes, repeatedly.”
A large tea party demonstration is taking place on the West Front of the Capitol,the lawn on the Washington Monument side. But about 200 demonstrators swung around to the side of the Capitol to confront members leaving the Longworth and Cannon House office Buildings.
Lewis was coming from his office in 343 Cannon with his Chief of Staff and Rep. Andre Carson was coming from 425 Cannon when they exited Cannon to cross Independence heading to the Capitol to vote when the incident happened.
Fair. Balanced. American.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
John Lewis speaks about hate incident
Shocking, even from Republicans, even considering this is the base of their party.