ABC, NBC Use Death of John Lewis to Assail Republicans and Trump

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Just as the left would abuse his life and legacy while he was alive, so too did the radical media with the passing of civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA). During their Sunday morning newscasts, ABC and NBC blasted President Trump for not tweeting out his condolences fast enough, and accused Republicans of being the ones to who wanted to exploit Lewis’s legacy for their own political gain.

Following a segment about Lewis’s passing, Good Morning America co-host Dan Harris looked to chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and whined that, “It took 14 hours after the announcement of John Lewis’ death for the President to tweet out his condolences, and this was after all four living U.S. presidents had already weighed in.

“Was this perhaps a sign of the, at times, rocky relationship between the President and the Congressman,” he asked. Of course, this came after ABC had ignored the fact the President had ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to mourn his passing.

Despite that fact, Raddatz agreed and touted how Lewis had accused Trump of being an illegitimate president because of Russia:

Well, they certainly did have a rocky relationship. John Lewis said that President Trump was not a legitimate president because of Russian interference in the election. You can imagine how well that went over with President Trump. And he fired back his own insults to John Lewis. He also accused him of racism. John Lewis accused President Trump of racism concerning some of his tweets about members of Congress. So, it was indeed a very rocky relationship.

“As you know, the President was golfing yesterday, but the tweet did finally come out,” she added, as though he was forced to do it.

In a bit of a contrast on Sunday Today, NBC White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell did note Trump ordered the flags lowered. But it was the bought-off political referee and NBC political director Chuck Todd who abused Lewis’s passing to smear congressional Republicans.

Bumbling through his erratic thoughts, Todd declared: “It was interesting to me how – Look, I think it was – I’m – The cynical side of me, some of these Republicans who would reach out to John Lewis were looking to brandish their own credentials or try to improve their own image. And it would do – Hoping sitting next to John Lewis or walking across the bridge with John Lewis would do that.”

Todd then suggested that Lewis was fine with it because it gave him an opportunity to teach them something profound:

And if John Lewis – he never cared what the motive was. If somebody was going to march with him. If somebody wanted to be educated with him and needed the photo op to go with it. And I guess that’s what’s — what made him I think so beloved on both sides of the aisle: Is as cynical as we are all in Washington, he never questioned the motives of others. Even if the motive was obvious, right in your face because at the end of the day, I think he thought, “You know what? It’s one more chance to educate one more person.”

But back in reality, and as evident in their segments, it was the leftists who were the ones who would use Lewis for their own political gain.

Their abuse of Lewis’s passing was made possible with a sponsorship from McDonald’s on both ABC and NBC. Their contact information is linked.

The transcripts are below, click “expand” to read:

ABC’s Good Morning America
July 19, 2020
8:15:41 a.m. Eastern

(…)

DAN HARRIS: It took 14 hours after the announcement of John Lewis’ death for the President to tweet out his condolences, and this was after all four living U.S. presidents had already weighed in. Was this perhaps a sign of the, at times, rocky relationship between the President and the Congressman?

MARTHA RADDATZ: Well, they certainly did have a rocky relationship. John Lewis said that President Trump was not a legitimate president because of Russian interference in the election. You can imagine how well that went over with President Trump. And he fired back his own insults to John Lewis. He also accused him of racism. John Lewis accused President Trump of racism concerning some of his tweets about members of Congress. So, it was indeed a very rocky relationship.

As you know, the President was golfing yesterday, but the tweet did finally come out.

(…)

NBC’s Sunday Tonight
July 19, 2020
8:08:24 a.m. Eastern

WILLIE GEIST: Let’s start right there, with John Lewis. I actually went back and yesterday was watching your interview with John Lewis around the time of Donald Trump’s election. You were asking if he was going to be able to work with Donald Trump. John Lewis has been called the conscience of Congress. You obviously covered him for a lot of years. Kelly [O’Donnell] covered him for a lot of years. What are we losing in Congress? What role did he play in that body?

CHUCK TODD: Well, he was really, I would say he was definitely I think Congress’s spiritual leader. Because he had an ability to — he had an ability to touch people on both sides of the aisle. It was interesting to me how – Look, I think it was – I’m – The cynical side of me, some of these Republicans who would reach out to John Lewis were looking to brandish their own credentials or try to improve their own image. And it would do – Hoping sitting next to John Lewis or walking across the bridge with John Lewis would do that.

And if John Lewis – he never cared what the motive was. If somebody was going to march with him. If somebody wanted to be educated with him and needed the photo op to go with it. And I guess that’s what’s — what made him I think so beloved on both sides of the aisle: Is as cynical as we are all in Washington, he never questioned the motives of others. Even if the motive was obvious, right in your face because at the end of the day, I think he thought, “You know what? It’s one more chance to educate one more person.”

GEIST: Boy, as you say, is that rare in Washington right now.

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