21:42 GMT28 October 2020
Listen Live
    US
    Get short URL
    51115
    Subscribe

    Democratic House Representative John Lewis was a civil rights leader awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and famous for playing a key role in ending legalized racial segregation in the United States. He was a part of the "Big Six" - a group of prominent civil rights leaders behind Washington's 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom.

    Netizens slammed US President Donald Trump for commenting on the death of Representative John Lewis, a prominent civil rights leader who died from cancer on 17 July at the age of 80

    Throughout the day, there had been no statements from the president, and the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, Karen Bass, urged him to let it stay that way, asking Trump to "say nothing" and "let us mourn in peace".

    Trump, however, expressed his and the first lady's condolences toward Lewis' family in a laconic tweet which immediately received backlash - both for the fact of publication and for a misspelling of "him and his family".

    "Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family", the tweet reads.

    ​Users were particularly enraged with Trump "playing golf today instead of saying anything", while some reports said that he had tweeted from his motorcade while heading back to the White House from his golf club. 

    ​Twitterati slammed Trump as "racist" and "American disgrace. 

    ​Some echoed Karen Bass, suggesting that Trump should not have said anything at all.

    ​There were some users, however, who noted that there was no way for Trump to escape condemnation, as he would be criticized in both options.

    ​Representative John Lewis was a prominent figure in the US civil rights movement and the movement to end legal racial segregation in the United States. A head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), he was one of the members of the Big Six group who organized Washington's 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, advocating civil and economic rights for African Americans.

    Related:

    Shutting Up the President? US Congressional Black Caucus Asks Trump to Be Quiet on John Lewis' Death
    US Congressman and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Dies at 80
    Tags:
    Donald Trump, Trump, John Lewis, US
    Community standardsDiscussion