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Health-Reform Foes Hurl Epithets at Civil Rights Icon

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John Nichols:

[Civil Rights Veteran Congressman John] Lewis was leaving the Cannon Office Building Saturday afternoon when a crowd of demonstrators descended on him, shouting obscenities and screaming, “Kill the bill, kill the bill.”

Lewis responded, “I’m for the bill, I’m for the bill, I’m voting for the bill.”

Then, according to Lewis and others who were present, the Tea Party crowd then started began shouting: “Kill the bill, n—–.”

The incident, which took place barely blocks from where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, was witnessed by other members of Congress and broadly reported by media outlets, including McClatchy Newspapers and Fox News.

I know one probably shouldn’t extrapolate too much from this one data point, but damn!

Written by pavanvan

March 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm