LUI: Congressman, you were referring to your work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1965, when you lived through that brutality of the march on Selma. That march almost killed you, and Republicans deny there is necessary connection here between these moments and that time in history. What’s your reaction?
LEWIS: Well, my reaction, it’s very simple — you cannot forget the past, you cannot forget history. There is a deliberate, systemic attempt to make it almost impossible for hundreds and thousands and millions of our citizens to be able to participate in a democratic process. Yes, minority like Latinos, Asian American, Native American, but also white, the disabled, our senior citizens. And that would be a reminder of the past. I said during the convention that the vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful, nonviolent tool that we have in a democratic society. Now, I read this article in “The New York Times” just yesterday. A brilliant reporter, visited California, visited Wisconsin, did an investigation, and there was not one incident of fraud. And when someone talks about the dead voters in Cleveland, in Chicago or Detroit, these large urban cities that are going to turn out and vote, they’re talking about people of color, they’re talking about people in urban America. And there is a effort to win this election, to steal this election before it even takes place. It’s not right, it’s not fair and it’s not just.