John Lewis Congressman from the fifth congressional district in Georgia, and former civil rights activist spoke out about the anger that has been coming from the McCain campaign as of late directed at Obama, some of which was very chilling indeed. In his statement Lewis said:
“What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse,”
John Lewis then went to talk about George Wallace, a known segregationist, and the role he played in spreading racial hatred. The entire statement outraged John McCain who demanded the Obama campaign denounce John Lewis’ statement.
“I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I’ve always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my character” – John McCain
The Obama Campaign released this statement:
“Sen. Obama does not believe that John McCain or his policy criticism is in any way comparable to George Wallace or his segregationist policies,” Burton said. “But John Lewis was right to condemn some of the hateful rhetoric that John McCain himself personally rebuked just last night, as well as the baseless and profoundly irresponsible charges from his own running mate that the Democratic nominee for president of the United States ‘pals around with terrorists.’ “
The exchange of recent days coming from the McCain campaign that resulted with vicious outcries against Obama that could send chills down anyone’s spine, is the sad reality of the this presidential election cycle. When vicious, hateful attacks are waged that elicit even more hateful, vicious responses from its audience, then it is only right that someone step up to the plate and denounce those who are making them. Although McCain has done an about face with his and Palin insidious slander against Obama, the sting of those words still remain. The words spoken by Palin and McCain in recent days also whipped up a fervor that cannot be denied, nor should they go ignored. What those words did was expose an undercurrent of hate that still exists and was enflamed. Those days were frightening and were dangerous. It was extremely irresponsible of the McCain campaign to incite such vile hatred.