Perhaps U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the Congressional Black Caucus were a little too quick to sell their souls to Hillary Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders with their endorsement last week in the Democratic presidential primary.
Or the fix was in from the jump.
Part of Lewis’ reasoning for choosing Hillary was to question Sanders’ participation in the civil rights movement.
“I never saw him. I never met him,” Lewis said of Sanders during the height of the struggle in the mid 1960s.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 11, 2016
But a photo unearthed by the Chicago Tribune showed that not only was Sanders around, he was busy putting action to words… and getting arrested for doing so.
The Tribune posted this photograph of Sanders being arrested in 1963 at a South Side protest:
— Chicago Trib Photo (@ChiTribPhoto) February 20, 2016
Turns out, Sanders was a leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, a major civil rights group at the University of Chicago.
The Tribune reported that Sanders was arrested Aug. 12, 1963, and charged with resisting arrest while participating in a protest over segregation in the classroom. He was fined $25 after being found guilty.
Social media users were skeptical of the reaction to the photo, expecting Clinton supporters to look for reasons to discount it. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Lewis & Clyburn will discount Bernie’s commitment to Civil Rights. They sold their souls to Clinton. https://t.co/rrEDUZBOIY
— deLIBERnATION (@deLIBERnATION) February 20, 2016
I bet hillary did this too. Right ? https://t.co/4VLecRqcye
— Ramachandran S (@rrnsss) February 20, 2016
— Arun Shanbhag (@ArunShanbhag) February 20, 2016
— cheryl avery (@cavery0614) February 20, 2016
— Michael C. Khouw (@Michael_Khouw) February 20, 2016
— Mark (@analogkid2112) February 20, 2016
— Rob Landeros (@roblanderos) February 20, 2016
— susan sisko carter (@SiskoCarter) February 20, 2016
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