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 LewisThe 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Detroit police chief calls Tlaib facial recognization idea 'racist' Ossoff raises 0k in first three weeks of Senate bid, campaign says MORE (D) on Monday said people attempt to heckle him in public by shouting out President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 Anthony BookerWarren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Gabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges 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.