Atlanta mayor rips Trump over John Lewis comments: 'He doesn't care anything about the history of this country'

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance BottomsKeisha Lance BottomsEverytown recruiting gun violence survivors to run for office An exhausting year takes toll on nation's mayors Why won't the national media cover the story Americans care about most? MORE (D) on Tuesday blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE’s latest comments on the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDebt ceiling fight pits corporate America against Republicans House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power Michelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms MORE (D-Ga.), calling Trump “delusional.”

Trump told Axios’s Jonathan Swan in an interview published late Tuesday that he couldn’t say “one way or the other” whether the civil rights icon’s life had been “impressive” but that Lewis “made a big mistake” by not attending his inauguration in 2017.

Asked about the remarks on CNN, Bottoms said she was “disgusted."


“Donald Trump shows us time and time again that the only thing he believes in is himself,” she said. “He doesn’t care anything about the American people, he doesn't care anything about the history of this country, he doesn’t care anything about the future of this country.”

Bottoms said the comments underscored that the 2020 presidential election is “the most important election of our lifetime.”

“If this man is allowed to serve as president for another four years, we will be in even more trouble than we are in now,” she said. “He is destroying our democracy in real time, and we have to respond in the best way that we know how, the way that John Lewis taught us to respond, that is, to show up and vote.”


Trump said Lewis, one of the original Freedom Riders and the youngest speaker at the March on Washington in 1963, should have attended his inauguration and State of the Union addresses because “nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have.”

“He’s delusional. He’s a narcissist and he is delusional,” Bottoms said. “He’s done nothing for African Americans in this country, and to speak that in the same sentence as John Lewis is almost blasphemous.”

Lewis died at the age of 80 on July 17, months after announcing he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.