Representative John Lewis has compared Palin’s and McCain’s rhetoric to that of George Wallace, a notorious segregationist.
In a statement issued Saturday, Lewis said McCain and running mate Sarah Palin were ”sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.” He noted that Wallace also ran for president.
”George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights,” said Lewis, who is black.
McCain says that he is shocked and outraged by the comparison, and he has certainly tried to moderate the responses of some in the crowds. But the line outside his appearance at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania shows how out of control his supporters’ opinions can be.
In the defense of the people you are about to see, I think it should be stressed that they are themselves probably giving a show. They are performing for the cameras and the protesters. Still, what they want to put on is pretty bad:
It is, I think, very unfortunate that neither campaign took on the issue of hate speech when Clinton was the target. We have had months and months when the country could have been talking about bias and hatred and the bad foundation it provides for one’s vote.