Politico.com: John Lewis, invoking George Wallace, says McCain and Palin are ‘playing with fire’

Politico.com (Jonathan Martin) 10/11/08

John Lewis, invoking George Wallace, says McCain and Palin are ‘playing with fire’

Civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Lewis is accusing John McCain and Sarah Palin of stoking hate, likening the atmosphere at Republican campaign events to those featuring George Wallace, the segregationist former governor of Alabama and presidential candidate.   McCain’s campaign has responded with a statement in the candidate’s name, urging Barack Obama to repudiate Lewis’s comments.

“What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history,” Lewis said in a statement issued today for Politico’s Arena forum.  “Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.”

Lewis didn’t accuse McCain of imitating Wallace, but suggested there were similarities.

“George Wallace never threw a bomb,” Lewis noted.  “He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.”


2 Responses

  1. hey stop-doggers,
    thanks SO much for putting all of this in one place. it is so important now,as we are wading through all of this info, and i think the site will be a great resource in hindsight also, as we all seek to understand exactly how things went down.

    The call by John Lewis is great, thanks for giving it more exposure. what is happening at those rallies is truly chilling, and reminds all me that even after ThatOne wins, our work will be just beginning…

    Praying for all of us,

  2. It’s too bad Lewis mentioned Wallace. People stopped listening, and can go off fussing about GW.. Lewis’s overarching point is correct, that all the hate-mongering will have unintended (i.e., BAD) consequences. In fact, I wrote this BEFORE reading Lewis’ comment: http://rogerowengreen.blogspot.com/2008/10/scary-thought.html.

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