It is no shock that Clayton’s votes overwhelmingly favor President-elect Biden, whom MeSlop has projected to win the presidency.
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.
Lewis remained a staunch opponent of Trump.
“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.”
“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.
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.
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.