PORTLAND, Maine – Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis, civil rights activist, who says that he sees Donald Trump as a “legitimate President,” be grateful for all that have done to Republican presidents, said for black people, GOP Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday.
LePage, who knows, said on WVOM-FM, the black-and-Democratic Georgia Congress needs members a lesson in the story of how Abraham Lincoln, the slaves and such as Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes fought against the Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation.
“A simple thank you would be enough,” LePage said.
Lincoln the emancipation proclamation in 1863, signed and pushed for the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. But the historians say that LePage is wrong about Jim Crow laws.
Jim Crow laws do not exist, while the granting and administration of elections to deal with, Hayes in the office led to the end of reconstruction and the removal of the Federal troops, set the stage for the creation of Jim Crow laws that followed, said Colby professor Dan Shea.
“Paul LePage is going to give John Lewis, a tutorial on the history of black oppression in the United States? Rich,” Shea said.
Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement, suffered a skull fracture, the March led in Selma, Alabama, said last week he would not participate in Trump’s inauguration.
“You know, I believe in the forgiveness. I think when you try to work with people. It will be hard. It will be very difficult. I don’t see that as president-elect as the legitimate President,” said Lewis in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday.
LePage on Tuesday also had harsh words for a Maine Congressman, say more than 40 house Democrats so far, you are skipping the trump suit is the inauguration. He said Rep. Chellie Pingree, withdraw, and should not be, if you want to participate.
“You are trying to bully us out of the faith, our Constitution,” LePage said of the Democrats.
Pingree said on Monday that “President-elect Trump’s actions on any kind of reasonable debate_they the Constitution threaten moderate values of our country is based.”
Her office did not immediately respond to request for comment on Tuesday.