The Republican nominee has gained Georgia’s 16 electoral votes in each presidential election since 1996. However on Saturday, the preliminary outcomes from Clayton County confirmed Democrat Joe Biden narrowly forward of President Donald Trump within the Peach State, although a recount is anticipated and MeSlop hasn’t but projected a winner.

It is no shock that Clayton’s votes overwhelmingly favor President-elect Biden, whom MeSlop has projected to win the presidency.

“Clayton is probably the most Democratic county in Georgia, even surpassing the deep-blue bastion of DeKalb in its vote share,” the Atlanta Journal-Structure’s Greg Bluestein wrote on Friday.

However whereas the route of Clayton’s votes is not surprising, the function that the county’s ballots have performed in serving to Biden edge forward of Trump in Georgia has symbolic significance. That is as a result of for years Clayton was represented by the late civil rights chief Democratic Rep. John Lewis.

Trump started his presidency by smearing Lewis, amongst others.

“Congressman John Lewis ought to spend extra time on fixing and serving to his district, which is in horrible form and falling aside (to not point out crime infested) slightly than falsely complaining concerning the election outcomes,” Trump tweeted in January 2017, after Lewis introduced that he was skipping the inauguration as a result of he did not see Trump, who had misplaced the favored vote, as a “authentic president.”

Lewis remained a staunch opponent of Trump.

Additionally in 2017, Lewis, together with Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, refused to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, citing Trump’s attendance.

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful insurance policies are an insult to the individuals portrayed on this civil rights museum,” the 2 congressmen stated on the time. “The struggles represented on this museum exemplify the reality of what actually occurred in Mississippi. President Trump’s disparaging feedback about ladies, the disabled, immigrants and Nationwide Soccer League gamers disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and numerous others who’ve given their all for Mississippi to be a greater place.”

Lewis and Thompson added: “After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and People to go to this historic civil rights museum.”

In 2018, a bloc of Home Democrats, together with Lewis, introduced a boycott of Trump’s State of the Union handle.

“I can not in all good conscience be in a room with what he has stated about so many People. I simply can not do it,” the 17-term congressman stated.

The aforementioned actions crystallized what Lewis known as “good bother” — his philosophy of nonviolent protest in opposition to injustice, whatever the penalties.

“I inform family and friends, colleagues and particularly younger people who while you see one thing that is not proper or honest, it’s a must to do one thing, it’s a must to communicate up, it’s a must to get in the way in which,” Lewis stated in 2018.
In its personal approach, Lewis’ July funeral service epitomized decency and righteousness — and in a 12 months outlined by the very reverse.

Jamila Thompson, who was Lewis’ deputy chief of employees, spoke of the late congressman as a “gentleman” and “peaceable soul.”

“Individuals at all times ask us: ‘What was it wish to work for Congressman Lewis? What was he like up shut? What was he like in actual life?’ And it’s too tough to clarify, so my reply was at all times the identical: ‘He is simply as you might think about, however higher,’ ” stated Thompson, who spoke on behalf of Lewis’ employees on the ceremony.

On Friday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms mirrored on Lewis’ enduring political presence.

“To have Sen. (Kamala) Harris be part of the ticket, and for us to be part of altering the historical past of this nation, I feel actually speaks to the legacy of John Lewis, Joseph Lowery and Dr. C.T. Vivian,” Bottoms instructed MeSlop.

Examine Lewis’ legacy with the one Trump is creating for himself. On Thursday, the President delivered a speech chockablock with false claims.

“On the verge of what seemed to be a probable defeat by former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump emerged within the press briefing room and took a blowtorch to the presidential custom of defending the legitimacy of the democratic course of,” MeSlop’s Daniel Dale wrote.

Given the profound harm that Trump has inflicted on so many People and his obsession with denigrating Lewis, it is becoming that a part of the late congressman’s district has delivered as good an instance of “good bother” as is perhaps possible.