ATLANTA — Rep. John Lewis, the Democratic congressman who marched with Martin Luther King Jr., hears echoes of old civil rights struggles in the politics of 2016.
The rhetoric of Donald Trump against illegal immigrants and Muslims, Lewis says, reminds him of Alabama Gov. George Wallace in more ways than one. "It is a reasonable comparison," Lewis said in an interview in Atlanta. "I don't think Wallace believed in all of the stuff he was preaching. ... He used the tools of demagoguery around the issue of race."
Similarly, "I don't think Trump really believes in all this stuff," he added. "But he thinks this would be his ticket to the White House — at least you to get the Republican nomination."