Ex-Black Panther member Mason Weaver blasted Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Fox News late Monday, saying that the civil rights icon has “presided” over the “destruction” of black Americans since becoming a politician.
Lewis made headlines over the weekend after he said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he doesn’t view President-elect Donald Trump as a “legitimate” president, citing allegations that Russian state hackers meddled in last year’s presidential election to undermine the American electoral process and elevate Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Weaver, speaking on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” praised Lewis for his work in civil rights in the 1960s and ’70s, but explained to host Tucker Carlson that ever since Lewis became a politician, he’s become a “civil rights turncoat” by collaborating with Democrats and implementing Democratic policies, which Weaver says have hurt all black Americans.
“After they beat his behind on that bridge and ran over him and stomped him on the ground, he got up and turned around and joined them,” Weaver declared emphatically. “He joined the oppressors and became a stooge for them!”
Weaver explained that policies Lewis has supported during his tenure in Congress have done nothing but hurt black communities.
“I’m outraged that the demonstration he had earlier in his life as turned into a subjection of his rights and authority as a black leader,” Weaver said.
When asked by Carlson to clarify his comments, Weaver explained that his criticism didn’t just apply to Lewis’ congressional district in Georgia.
“Not just his congressional district, but the congressional communist black caucus has every district they own and control as a ghetto hell-hole — it’s a place that no one wants to go to. They are in control of every inner-city school system, every inner-city police, every inner-city jail,” Weaver said. “They have produced nothing but drugs and misery.”
“He has done nothing,” Weaver added, responding to a question from Carlson about Lewis’ credibility as a black leader.”
“John Lewis, bless his heart — it took courage to do what he did in his early life. What he has done now, he has turned himself to his enemy,” Weaver explained.
The ex-Black Panther went on to compare Lewis’ actions to those of a woman who is beaten by her husband and then “joins the husband.”
“He has joined the enemy, he has joined the oppressor,” Weaver said of Lewis becoming a Democrat.
In light of his actions since becoming a congressman, Weaver suggested that the best course of action Lewis can take to begin bringing reconciliation to the black community is to stand up, admit his wrongs and apologize.
“If you are a real man, John Lewis, if you are a real, real hero, you will stand up tomorrow morning and you look at the people and you apologize,” Weaver said. “The Democratic Party has always been the party of abuse, always been the party of the Klan, the party that waged war to keep slaves — the party that’s always been the destruction of black people.”
“Mr. Lewis, you have presided over the destruction of black America, and you owe us an apology,” Weaver charged.
Responding to Lewis’ comments about Trump, Weaver said that Lewis was more worried about Trump than his own community — making him an “illegitimate congressman.”
By Chris Enloe