Various athletes and entertainers have paid tribute to John Lewis.
NBA corridor of famer, civil rights activist and Guardian columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stated he was “emotional” the primary time he met Lewis, such was his stature.
Abdul-Jabbar’s fellow NBA celebrity, LeBron James, wrote: “Rest. In. Paradise John Lewis. #CivilRightsICON THANK YOU!!”
Hollywood director Ava DuVernay wrote: “Will never forget what you taught me and what you challenged me to be. Better. Stronger. Bolder. Braver.”
Samuel L Jackson wrote “Sometimes it’s Good to meet a Hero… I was blessed every time we met. RI POWER, Sir.#thestrugglecontinues#BLM#VOTE.”
And from the world of music, Mariah Carey wrote on Twitter: “Today we have lost a heroes’ Hero.. Thank you God for John Lewis’s life of service. Let us continue to try to walk his walk of truth. Rest in Power.”
The president’s silence on Twitter over the demise of John Lewis has received help from California congresswoman Karen Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Although, one suspects she will not be fairly complimenting Donald Trump in her tweet.
“.@realDonaldTrump while the nation mourns the passing of a national hero, please say nothing,” wrote Bass on Twitter. “Please don’t comment on the life of Congressman Lewis. Your press secretary released a statement, leave it at that. Please let us mourn in peace.”
John Lewis represented Georgia in Congress for 33 years, and outstanding figures within the state have paid tribute after his demise.
“A civil rights icon, freedom fighter, and beloved Georgian, @repjohnlewis lost his battle with cancer today,” wrote Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp. “Our nation will never be the same without him. There are no words to adequately express the sadness that countless Americans are feeling upon learning this news.”
Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, known as Lewis “the most brave of giants” in her personal tribute on Twitter.
“The most humble of heroes, the most brave of giants. @repjohnlewis loved unconditionally and called upon us all to be a better version of ourselves. He was my Congressman and my best example of true servant leadership. I am grateful for his life and the joy of having known him,” she wrote.
The Florida division of well being reported 10,328 new circumstances of Covid-19 and 90 new deaths on Saturday. Those figures are, mercifully, down from earlier within the week (14,000 new circumstances had been reported on Thursday and 132 new deaths on Tuesday) however are nonetheless worryingly excessive in a state that has develop into a hotspot for the virus.
Daniel Strauss has extra on how Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, who some have dubbed a “mini Trump”, has dealt with the disaster:
Donald Trump has but to touch upon the demise of John Lewis, however he has issued an order for flags to be flown at half-staff “as a mark of respect for the memory and long-standing service” of the congressman.
New York hospitalizations from Covid-19 are at their lowest charge since 18 March. The state, which was at one level the worst affected area on this planet by the virus, reported 743 hospitalizations from the virus on Saturday. It additionally reported 11 new deaths, two of which had been in New York City.
The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, stated the state may act for instance to the remainder of the US in learn how to decrease infections.
“We remain alarmed by spikes in much of the country and the risk of a lack of compliance at home as the state pursues a phased, data-driven reopening,” Cuomo stated in a press briefing on Saturday.
“New Yorkers’ vigilance, courage and adoption of basic behaviors – mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing – has driven our ability to control the virus, and we have to continue on that path to success.”
Two outstanding Republicans have tweeted their tributes to John Lewis. Tim Scott, the one black Republican senator, stated his “good friend” had helped welcome him when he first made his entry into Washington politics as a congressman.
“He was a giant among men; his life and legacy will continue to serve as an example for the generations to come,” the South Carolina senator wrote on Twitter. “I am encouraged by his courage, determination, and perseverance, characteristics that we can all try to emulate – especially in the wake of current events.”
Meanwhile, former presidential candidate and Republican senator for Utah, Mitt Romney, praised Lewis’s “unwavering principle”.
“With the passing of John Lewis, America has lost not only a man of history, but a man for our season; O how we need such men of unwavering principle, unassailable character, penetrating purpose, and heartfelt compassion,” wrote Romney on Twitter.
Bernie Sanders says “John Lewis inspired millions to fight for justice” in his tribute to the congressman on Twitter.
“His courage helped transform this country. He won’t ever be forgotten by those who believe America can change when the people stand together and demand it. Our thoughts are with his loved ones,” wrote the senator for Vermont.
Sanders and Lewis had been concerned in a minor controversy throughout Sanders’ run for president in 2016. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) political motion committee endorsed Sanders’ rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton. Lewis additionally appeared to minimize Sanders’ involvement within the 1960s civil rights motion saying: “I never saw him. I never met him.”
Lewis later clarified that he was not disparaging Sanders’ report within the civil rights motion.
“I was responding to a reporter’s question who asked me to assess Senator Sanders’ civil rights record. I said that when I was leading and was at the center of pivotal actions within the civil rights movement, I did not meet Senator Bernie Sanders at any time,” he said in February 2016.
“The fact that I did not meet him in the movement does not mean I doubted that Senator Sanders participated in the civil rights movement, neither was I attempting to disparage his activism. Thousands sacrificed in the 1960s whose names we will never know, and I have always given honor to their contribution.”
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, has issued a prolonged assertion on John Lewis’s demise. Here’s an extract:
“John’s life reminds us that essentially the most highly effective image of what it means to be an American is what we do with the time we now have to make actual the promise of our nation – that we’re all created equal and need to be handled equally. Through the beatings, the marches, the arrests, the debates on conflict, peace and freedom, and the legislative fights for good jobs and healthcare and the basic proper to vote, he taught us that whereas the journey towards equality will not be straightforward, we should be unafraid and by no means cower and by no means, ever hand over.
“That is the charge a great American and humble man of God has left us. For parents trying to answer their children’s questions about what to make of the world we are in today, teach them about John Lewis. For the peaceful marchers for racial and economic justice around the world who are asking where we go from here, follow his lead. For his fellow legislators, govern by your conscience like he did, not for power or party. He was our bridge – to our history so we did not forget its pain and to our future so we never lose our hope.”
George W Bush has issued a press release on John Lewis’s demise, saying the congressman “worked to make our country a more perfect union”.
“Laura and I join our fellow Americans in mourning the loss of Congressman John Lewis,” wrote the previous president. “As a young man marching for equality in Selma, Alabama, John answered brutal violence with courageous hope. And throughout his career as a civil rights leader and public servant, he worked to make our country a more perfect union. America can best honor John’s memory by continuing his journey toward liberty and justice for all.”
Donald Trump, who isn’t precisely reticent about making statements on Twitter, is now the one dwelling president to not have commented on Lewis’s demise.
The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has issued her personal tribute, whereas her boss performs golf.
“Rep. John Lewis was an icon of the civil rights movement, and he leaves an enduring legacy that will never be forgotten,” she wrote. “We hold his family in our prayers, as we remember Rep. John Lewis’ incredible contributions to our country.”
Such was John Lewis’s legacy that politicians from exterior America have paid tribute to him.
France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, described Lewis as a “true hero” in a message in English on Twitter.
“A lifetime of struggle for civil rights,” wrote Macron. “A lifetime of getting into ‘good trouble,’ of fighting for a world that is more just. A true hero. Indeed, ‘because of you, John.’”
In the UK, the Labour MP David Lammy stated Lewis was “a titan” within the US civil rights motion.
“So sad to hear about the death of congressman John Lewis,” wrote Lammy, who can be the shadow justice secretary. “A titan in the struggle for civil rights, equality and freedom. The fight goes on, inspired by his fearless legacy and MLK dream.”
Meanwhile, Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, stated the congressman was an “inspiration”.
“Learned with great sadness this morning of the passing of John Lewis – an icon of the civil rights movement, a hero and an inspiration to us all. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones,” wrote Löfven on Twitter.
Donald Trump has arrived at his golf membership in Virginia for, we presume, a morning spherical. A smattering of protesters greeted the president.
According to the pool reporter, one particular person held an indication studying “Trust Fauci”, a reference to the White House’s makes an attempt to silence the nation’s prime infectious ailments professional as Covid-19 continues its unfold throughout the nation.
The Republican occasion is dealing with a wrestle to stage an in-person meeting for the number of the Texas GOP’s presidential electors. The occasion had needed to carry the occasion, which might comprise of 1000’s of delegates, at Houston’s George R Brown Convention Center.
However, Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, needed to cancel the occasion in case it helped unfold Covid-19 in a metropolis already hit arduous by the virus. A US district decide then reinstated the conference earlier than a federal appeals courtroom blocked the transfer once more within the early hours of Saturday.
An appellate courtroom in New Orleans will now assessment the case.
CNN has a troubling report from Nueces county in Texas, the place 85 youngsters beneath the age of 1 have examined optimistic for Covid-19.
Nueces county, the placement of Corpus Christi, has skilled a surge in coronavirus circumstances in July, like a lot of Texas.
“We currently have 85 babies under the age of one year in Nueces county that have all tested positive for Covid-19,” stated Annette Rodriguez, director of public well being for Corpus Christi Nueces county. “These babies have not even had their first birthday yet. Please help us stop the spread of this disease.”
State representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Joaquin Castro have urged Texas’ governor, Gregg Abbot, to provide native authorities the facility to implement stay-at-home orders.
“Texas is now not where it should be relating to fighting Covid-19. Therefore, your office should take immediate action to rewind the efforts to reopen the state quickly; which came about by ignoring CDC guidelines,” stated the 2 in a letter to Abbot. “We need to provide local authority to local counties and cities to do what is in the best interest of their communities.”
The Associated Press has a set of tributes to John Lewis from political figures, occasion leaders and civil rights activists. It follows:
“Considering his enormous impact on the history of this country, what always struck those who met John was his gentleness and humility. Born into modest means in the heart of the Jim Crow south, he understood that he was just one of a long line of heroes in the struggle for racial justice. Early on, he embraced the principles of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience as the means to bring about real change in this country, understanding that such tactics had the power not only to change laws, but to change hearts and minds as well.”
House speaker Nancy Pelosi
“John Lewis was a titan of the civil rights motion whose goodness, religion and bravado remodeled our nation – from the willpower with which he met discrimination at lunch counters and on Freedom Rides, to the braveness he confirmed as a younger man dealing with down violence and demise on Edmund Pettus Bridge, to the ethical management he dropped at the Congress for greater than 30 years. “
Senate majority chief Mitch McConnell
“I will never forget joining hands with John as members of Congress sang We Shall Overcome at a 2008 ceremony honoring his friend Dr Martin Luther King Jr. It could not have been more humbling to consider what he had suffered and sacrificed so those words could be sung in that place.”
Bill and Hillary Clinton
“From a small farm in Alabama, to life-risking service in the civil rights movement, to three decades in Congress, he was always ‘walking with the wind’, steered by a moral compass that told him when to make good trouble and when to heal troubled waters. Always true to his word, his faith, and his principles, John Lewis became the conscience of the nation.”
“He made an indelible mark on history through his quest to make our nation more just. John never shied away from what he called ‘good trouble’ to lead our nation on the path toward human and civil rights. Everything he did, he did in a spirit of love. All Americans, regardless of race or religion, owe John Lewis a debt of gratitude.”
Congressional Black Caucus
“The world has lost a legend; the civil rights movement has lost an icon, the city of Atlanta has lost one of its most fearless leaders, and the Congressional Black Caucus has lost our longest serving member. The Congressional Black Caucus is known as the Conscience of the Congress. John Lewis was known as the conscience of our caucus.”
The Rev Al Sharpton
“My friend, role model and activist extraordinaire has passed. Congressman John Lewis taught us how to be an activist. He changed the world without hate, rancor or arrogance. A rare and great man.”
Rev Jesse Jackson
“John Lewis is what patriotism and courage look like. He sacrificed and personifies a New Testament prophet.”
“Farewell, sir. You did, indeed, fight the good fight and get into a lot of good trouble. You served God and humanity well. Thank you. Take your rest.”
Former Senate majority chief Harry Reid
“Few have had as powerful and inspiring an impact on our country as Congressman Lewis and America is a better, more equal place because of his sacrifice and leadership. Our nation owes so much to this incredible man. We served together in Congress for decades, and I was honored to call him my friend.”
Representative Maxine Waters
“It is not enough to say he was a revered civil rights icon. He was a man of impeccable integrity who dedicated his life to fighting against racism, discrimination and injustice. John was a true leader who inspired us all to have the courage to fight.”
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
“Time and time again he demonstrated moral and physical courage in nonviolent defiance of the white supremacist regime in the south. Throughout his long life, his commitment to full equality for all people never wavered. He will always be remembered with gratitude and admiration.”
Senator David Purdue (Republican, Georgia)
“No one embodied the word ‘courage’ better than John Lewis. As a civil rights icon, John inspired millions of Americans to fight injustice and reject the status quo. Without a doubt, his wisdom and resolve made the world a better place.”
Senator Kelly Loeffler (Republican, Georgia)
“As a leader in the civil rights movement, he always pushed America to live up to its promise of freedom and equality. Our nation is better because of his leadership and courage. We know his legacy will never be forgotten.”
Stacey Abrams (Democrat, former candidate for governor, Georgia)
“Defender of justice. Champion of right. Our conscience, he was a griot of this modern age, one who saw its hatred but fought ever towards the light. And never once did he begrudge sharing its beauty.”
Donald Trump hasn’t commented on John Lewis but – on the White House, pool reporters have been loaded into vans, certain for an undisclosed location that have would recommend could be his golf course in Sterling, Virginia.
Trump was awake after information of Lewis’s demise broke – and he did tweet. But it was a brief message for a Fox News personality who sat in for Sean Hannity. So it goes.
The president has no public occasions scheduled on Saturday however he does appear to be smarting just a little from his encounter with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday, an interview due for broadcast tomorrow however which offered embarrassment for the president on Friday.
In quick, Trump claimed Joe Biden, his opponent in November, supported efforts to defund the police. Wallace, one of the sharpest questioners on TV, identified that Biden doesn’t.
Trump insisted he did, and known as for a duplicate of a coverage compact Biden agreed with Bernie Sanders this week. In Wallace’s phrases, the president then “went through it and he found a lot of things that he objected to that Biden has agreed to, but couldn’t find any indication, because there isn’t any, that Joe Biden has sought to defund and abolish the police”.
As footage trailed by Fox News rippled out throughout the airwaves, Trump tweeted what would possibly virtually appear a concession: “Corrupt Joe Biden wants to defund our police. He may use different words, but when you look at his pact with Crazy Bernie, and other things, that’s what he wants to do. It would destroy America!”
As Joan E Greve identified from Washington, such makes an attempt to color Biden as an excessive liberal don’t appear to be working: polls present voters view the challenger as extra of a reasonable than the president.
Here’s the total report, containing the launched interview clip:
Former president Jimmy Carter, like John Lewis from Georgia, has launched a tribute to the civil rights chief, who has died at the age of 80.
Here’s a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on the day in 2013 when Lewis and Carter each spoke at celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
“Too many of us still believe our differences define us, instead of the divine spark that runs through all of human creation,” Lewis stated.
Carter quoted Martin Luther King: “The crucial question of our time is how to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.”
… and welcome to a different day of protection of US politics, because the US wakes to the information that John Lewis, hero of the civil rights motion, final of the “Big Six” leaders and a Democratic congressman since 1987, has died. He was 80, and had been affected by pancreatic most cancers.
In tribute, Barack Obama stated Lewis “loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise”.
Obama additionally stated it was “fitting that the last time John and I shared a public forum was at a virtual town hall with a gathering of young activists who were helping to lead this summer’s demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death”.
Other tributes have poured in however because the solar got here up over Washington, there had been nothing from the Trump White House. For a miserable flashback, there’s this from January 2017, when Lewis questioned the legitimacy of the Republican’s win on the polls: “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad.”
Lewis’s life was after all fairly the alternative: all motion, all outcomes and much from unhappy regardless of the brutality he confronted and the hardships he endured. Here’s David Smith, our Washington bureau chief, on Lewis’s legacy in the age of Black Lives Matter. And right here’s our obituary, and a look at Lewis’s life in pictures.
Elsewhere, the coronavirus pandemic continues, unchecked by the federal authorities, states which reopened too quickly and nonetheless can’t even mandate the sporting of masks in public and, alarmingly, states like California which did lock down and appeared to be profitable however at the moment are seeing deadly reverses.
Daily case data have been rising with gorgeous regularity, hospitals are filling up and in response to the Johns Hopkins figures here, greater than 3.6m circumstances have been confirmed in complete, and practically 140,000 individuals have died.
Here’s Tom McCarthy’s have a look at why worse awaits in the fall: