Politico: Civil rights icon says McCain stirs hate

Politico

Civil rights icon says McCain stirs hate

Late Saturday night, the Georgia congressman issued another statement easing back on his earlier remarks. Under the heading, “Rep. John Lewis Clarifies Misinterpretations of his Earlier Comments,” Lewis said: “A careful review of my earlier statement would reveal that I did not compare Sen. John McCain or Gov. Sarah Palin to George Wallace. It was not my intention or desire to do so.

“My statement was a reminder to all Americans that toxic language can lead to destructive behavior. I am glad that Sen. McCain has taken some steps to correct divisive speech at his rallies. I believe we need to return to civil discourse in this election about the pressing economic issues that are affecting our nation.”

Lewis didn’t accuse McCain of imitating Wallace, but suggested there were similarities. His sharp words may be dismissed as those of a partisan Democrat in a campaign season. But the former head of SNCC and hero of Selma is somebody who McCain has lavished praise upon over the years. 

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