It’s no shock that Clayton’s votes overwhelmingly favor President-elect Biden, whom CNN has projected to win the presidency.
But whereas the course of Clayton’s votes is not stunning, the function that the county’s ballots have performed in serving to Biden edge forward of Trump in Georgia has symbolic significance. That’s 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 policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” the 2 congressmen stated on the time. “The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi. President Trump’s disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and countless others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place.”
Lewis and Thompson added: “After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum.”
“I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans. I just cannot do it,” the 17-term congressman stated.
The aforementioned actions crystallized what Lewis known as “good trouble” — his philosophy of nonviolent protest towards injustice, whatever the penalties.
Jamila Thompson, who was Lewis’ deputy chief of employees, spoke of the late congressman as a “gentleman” and “peaceful soul.”
“People always ask us: ‘What was it like to work for Congressman Lewis? What was he like up close? What was he like in real life?’ And it is too difficult to explain, so my answer was always the same: ‘He’s just as you may imagine, but better,’ ” 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 join the ticket, and for us to be a part of changing the history of this country, I think really speaks to the legacy of John Lewis, Joseph Lowery and Dr. C.T. Vivian,” Bottoms informed CNN.
Compare 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 Americans and his obsession with denigrating Lewis, it is becoming that a part of the late congressman’s district has delivered as excellent an instance of “good trouble” as could be possible.