[Ed. – We can understand the president’s reasons (anyone who can’t is urged to read this), but this is still an unforced error. He will be accused of sowing divisions at a time when the country is divided.]
President Trump on Monday told reporters he has no plans to visit the casket of civil rights hero John Lewis as he lies in state in the US Capitol.
“No, I won’t be going, no,” Trump said when asked if he would travel on Monday or Tuesday to pay his respects.
Trump made the remarks before departing for a trip to North Carolina as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle gathered in the Capitol rotunda on Monday afternoon to receive Lewis’ body following a motorcade procession through Washington, D.C.
Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) paid tribute to Lewis and his legacy as someone who fought for racial equality for seven decades, most notably during the 1965 civil rights march in Selma where he was beaten by police.