U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and icon of the civil rights movement, can’t seem to get a break.
He was interrupted multiple times by protesters as he laid on the praise for his party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, during a televised interview.
“Tonight, this night, we’re going to nominate a woman,” he told “MSNBC Live” anchor Tamron Hall on Thursday from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Immediately, a woman on Independence Mall behind the interview area shouted “She stole it!” and was joined by others, presumably supporters of Clinton challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Lewis ignored the shouting and continued.
“I’m convinced that she will be elected the next president of the United States. I cried when President Barack Obama was nominated, cried when he was elected, cried when he was sworn in, and I may cry again tonight,” he said in dramatic fashion.
That’s when someone yelled, “Never Hillary!”
The shouting was persistent throughout the interview, but Lewis carried on.
“We have come a distance. We have made progress and I think we’re going to make more progress in November. But we are making progress tonight. Her nomination is going to inspire young women, young girls, young men all over America and all over the world,” Lewis claimed. “I said it a few years ago … ”
“Bulls**t!” a man yelled out.
Lewis finished, “what President Obama said last night that no one in America was better prepared to be president on day one than Hillary Clinton.”
Later, MSNBC’s Hall acknowledged the protesters, pointing to the crowd as she addressed the interrupting shouts.
“I can’t ignore there are a couple of people in our audience that have yelled things,” she said. “Some of them have been ugly and vitriolic, others have been their beliefs in democracy and that Bernie Sanders does not get the shake that they believe that he deserves.”
“I think it’s so important that we recognize the fact that we win some and sometimes we lose some,” Lewis responded. “But we never give up, we never become bitter or hostile.”
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