Civil rights stalwart Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia truly believes that after President Donald Trump's latest round of controversial and racist statements that racism is in Trump's DNA.
While appearing on MSNBC earlier this week, Lewis spoke to reporter Katy Tur about Trump's alleged comments calling El Salvador, Haiti and several African nations "sh*thole countries" during a bipartisan meeting on immigration.
According to The Washington Post, Trump said he would prefer to welcome immigrants from countries like Norway despite that nation having a slew of social programs that put the USA to shame. It's unclear if he mentioned the nation because he met with the prime minister on Wednesday.“We’re one people, we’re one family. We all live in the same house, the American house. I don’t think language like this is in keeping with the future of our country, the future of the planet, ” Lewis said. “[His] words and his actions tend to speak like one who knows something about being a racist. It must be in his DNA, in his makeup.”
Lewis is no stranger to calling out Trump. Early on, Lewis questioned the legitimacy of Trump's election and if the Russians had a strong hand in turning the tide in his favor.
As recent as last November, Lewis also refused to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum because of Trump’s planned attendance and his “hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed.”
When asked what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say to Trump after the racist statements, Lewis said that MLK would ask the president to be a little more human and have more dignity for others.
“Mr. President, wake up. You need to do what is right. You need to do what is fair. You need to be a little more human. And respect the dignity and the worth of every human being. And stop putting people down because of their race, their color or their nationality.”