John Lewis on public taunts: ‘I’m not going to let anything get me down'

John Lewis on public taunts: ‘I’m not going to let anything get me down'
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Georgia Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Biden must look to executive action to fulfill vow to Black Americans The purposeful is political: Gen Z bowls over their doubters MORE (D) on Monday said people attempt to heckle him in public by shouting out President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE's name, while dismissing the idea that such taunts faze him.

The civil rights icon described a recent incident when he took a flight from Atlanta to Washington on "Lift Every Voice," a new podcast hosted by Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (D-N.J.).

"I was on a flight from Atlanta and I'm walking down the aisle. And the gentleman said as loud as he could, 'Trump!' So I just kept walking," Lewis told Booker.


Lewis said he brushes off the remarks and continues with his day when such incidents occur.

"I didn't say anything. And sometimes I'm walking in the airport in different places. I guess [they think] they're getting to me or harassing me. I've been called many, many things, but I'm not going to let anything get me down. I'll keep walking, I'll keep moving," he continued.

Lewis, who worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recalled how the civil rights leader inspired him to become involved in the movement when he was a young college student.

Lewis said he feels some of the gains they had successfully made during the civil rights movement are slipping away under the Trump administration.

"I do think under this administration that we are losing some of the gains ... we cannot let that happen," the Georgia lawmaker said, pointing to the August white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va, as an example.

"We must be bold and fight in a nonviolent fashion. Too many people died to bring us where we are today. We cannot let their deaths be in vain," he continued.

The Democratic lawmaker's appearance on Booker's first podcast episode takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.