Axios reporter Jonathan Swan interviewed Donald Trump, and it was bonkers. Swan came with the receipts and called out the president several times. Still, probably the most revealing part of the interview was when Trump downplayed the legacy of the late civil rights icon John Lewis and repeatedly pointed to the Georgia Democrat’s decision not to attend his 2017 inauguration. Trump just can’t seem to get past that.
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration,” Trump told Swan in the interview that aired Monday when asked how he thought history would remember Lewis. Swan asked the president if he felt the civil rights icon was “impressive.”
“I can’t say one way or the other” Trump said. “I find a lot of people impressive. I find many people not impressive,” he continued to say. “He didn’t come — he didn’t come to my inauguration. He didn’t come to my state of the union speeches. And that’s OK. That’s his right.”
“He should’ve come. I think he made a big mistake,” Trump insisted. And of course, Trump said that “no one has done more for Black Americans than I have.”
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Trump’s answer to “how do you think history will remember John Lewis?” is that “no one has done more for black Americans than I have.”
What the actual fuck
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) August 4, 2020
The back and forth with the president and Swan should be revealing to Trump’s base that a narcissistic flimflam man has deceived them, and if this doesn’t open their eyes to that fact, then nothing will. To Trump, everything has to be about him, even with the coronavirus pandemic, and in this case, with a civil rights’ hero’s death. And to suggest that he has done more for Black Americans than anyone while talking about John Lewis’s legacy is delusional. It’s way past time to talk about Mr. Trump’s mental health. The thirty-eight-minute interview will send historians writing volumes on Trump’s inability to feel empathy for anyone.
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