What is Trump doing during the John Lewis funeral?

Lewis and Lawson

John Lewis and James Lawson, 2018

If you are not watching the John Lewis funeral right now, I hope you get a chance to see some of the speeches after they are posted online.  For example, 91-year-old Jim Lawson, an advocate of non-violent protest, offered a speech that connected the civil rights movement and Lewis’s life to both American and Christian ideals. It was a powerful message. Lawson mentored Lewis and several other young Black men and women who were part of the civil rights movement in Nashville.

Here is the speech:

Several years ago I got a chance to visit Nashville and meet Rip Patton, one of Lawson’s  disciples during the Nashville Student Movement. Patton was a twenty-one-year-old music major at Tennessee State University when he met Lawson in 1959. Lawson trained Patton (and others) in non-violent protest. Soon Patton found himself seated at a lunch counter in downtown Nashville, where he would be spit on, punched, and covered in ketchup, mustard, salt, and water. Patton did not retaliate because he had been educated by Lawson in the spiritual discipline necessary for a situation like this.

Donald Trump refused to pay his respects to John Lewis as he lied in state at the U.S. Capitol. I am guessing it had something to do with Lewis’s refusal to attend Trump’s inauguration.

So what is Trump doing during the ceremony? He is tweeting this:

What an embarrassment.