PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights leader who says he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a “legitimate president,” should be grateful for all that Republican presidents have done for black people, GOP Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday.

LePage, who’s white, said on WVOM-FM that the black Democratic Georgia congressman needs a history lesson on how Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and how Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes fought against Jim Crow laws, which enforced racial segregation.

“A simple thank you would suffice,” LePage said.

Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and pushed for the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. But historians say LePage is wrong about Jim Crow laws.

Jim Crow laws didn’t exist during the Grant administration and an electoral deal that put Hayes in office led to the end of Reconstruction and the removal of federal troops, setting the stage for the creation of Jim Crow laws that followed, said Colby professor Dan Shea.

“Paul LePage is going to give John Lewis a tutorial on the history of black oppression in the United States? That’s rich,” Shea said.

Lewis, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who suffered a fractured skull while leading the march in Selma, Alabama, said last week that he would not attend Trump’s inauguration.

“You know, I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday.

LePage on Tuesday also had harsh words for a Maine congresswoman who is among more than 40 House Democrats so far to say they are skipping Trump’s inauguration. He said Rep. Chellie Pingree should resign if she doesn’t attend.

“They’re trying to bully us out of believing our Constitution,” LePage said of Democrats.

Pingree said Monday that “President-elect Trump’s actions go beyond any kind of reasonable debate_they threaten the constitutional values our country is based on.”

Her office didn’t immediately respond to request for comment Tuesday.

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24 thoughts on “Maine Governor To Rep. John Lewis: You Need A History Lesson

  1. Thanks for what kidnapping people removing them from their homeland and bring them to a strange land far away from home and family, making them slaves for yall lazy asses. If yall didn”t take everything from us and had left us in africa you wouldn’t have to do nothing for us.Yall even stole our learning ability

  2. Cynthia L Feaster on said:

    La Page = la looser!! You are a relic from America’s racist slave holding past. Its not surprising that Donald “grab em by the pu- :-y” Trump is your boy,. That’s about right. You both are cut from the same mold. News Flash La Page: Slavery ended in 1865. You DON’T own Cong. John Lewis, he’s free. You don’t get to critique ANYTHING he says or does. His opinions are his own. He doesn’t need your permission to speak. Your criticisms of him don’t matter. He is not beholden to you for anything. Who Really needs the history lesson? YOU DO!!

  3. Every time this idiot trumpster speak I just cringe. He’s is so incoherent. He speaks like a lst grader. Who are the fools that elected this illiterate clown?? Help us for he not what he’s about to do. SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Carmen on said:

        I meant to say forgive him for he knows not what he’s doing. In other words forgive him bc he don’t have a clue what he’s getting ready to do. He doesn’t have a clue what the job entails. U got that idiot? I guess he’ll just fake it bc he will NEVER make it.

  4. Hey LePage….how about telling Trump he should resign before he officially takes office?! And, what’s all the hoopla about who’s performing at the inauguration?! Most people (really) couldn’t care less. I know lots of people that said they’re not going to be watching. And, so many people have said they are sooooooo tired of hearing about Trump period. Enuf already news media. We don’t want to hear his BS for the next 4 years (of course unless he is impeached). Crickets on the new allegations that a female is going forward on her defamation law suit (where’s the tweets Trump??) Just like it’s been pretty much crickets on the allegations that Fox news paid off a sexual harassment law suit that allegedly involved Bill O’Reilly. Uuuuuuuum!!

      • Carmen on said:

        We care bc the grouper in Cheif is getting ready to be sworn in and a scandals is brewing before he’s even sworn in. This administration will be full of scandals. He’s a walking country bumpkin scandal as we speak

    • Dr. Larry on said:

      You find nothing low or vulgar about this post???????
      Honestly on January 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm said:
      Typical brain dead cave n!@@er le page. Nubian’s in this country have achieved in spite of these neanderthal apes not from help from these bastards. These mayonnaise monkeys should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  5. Honestly on said:

    Typical brain dead cave n!@@er le page. Nubian’s in this country have achieved in spite of these neanderthal apes not from help from these bastards. These mayonnaise monkeys should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

    • Each time you write about letting the mayo monkeys out of the caves, I ask you who let them out. Be a man and answer the question.

  6. The Truth on said:

    What really bothers me with this whole race issue is that regardless or when SLAVERY happen and how bad SLAVERY was…Blacks are still getting some of the same reprecussion just a different weapon. I wish some white people would stop the hate first of all and some white are NOT GOOD A HIDING IT. They can dish dirt on blacks and it’s all good…they even wrote blacks out of American History..except the negative part that they created. Did you know Paul Rivera and a Black man rode thru the city Hollering The British are coming…Black people really need to wake up and realize their Self Worth. We have a lot of President Obama in this world and some white people know that…GOD created the human race he didn’t say let me make white man smarter than or better then the white man. Free YOUR Mind from FOOLISHNESS and know and realize your Self Worth and Potential. We are entitled to our decision just like everyone else…if you can put it out there take and we still can live on harmony. The Truth Will Set You Free…LOOK IN THE MIRROR….

  7. I must have missed all the things the GOP has done !!!!!

    • Yes! Do you have the guts to speak to a Black Person Face? You’re typical Racist, boy the orange monkey dump(trump). U all think because the orange monkey is getting ready to move into the WH U can say and do what U want, but U are Wrong. U can get your azz whipped or shot.

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