Rep. John Lewis announced Thursday that the Congressional Black Caucus's political action committee has committed to backing Hillary Clinton for president over rival Bernie Sanders. Lewis's reason? He "never saw" Sanders during the civil rights era.
Lewis was surly when addressing the press, cutting off one reporter who asked for comment about Sanders' black activism in the 1960s:
Well, to be very frank, I'm going to cut you off, but I never saw him, I never met him. I would chair the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years, from 1963 to 1966. I was involved in the sit-ins, the freedom rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery, and directed their voter education project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton.
And he walked off.
Progressive outlet Mother Jones took notice of the left eating its own, defending Sanders who participated in the very committee Lewis chaired during the '60s. The Associated Press noted that as a University of Chicago student, Sanders was also involved with the Congress on Racial Equality and was arrested while protesting segregation.
What was Hillary Clinton up to during the same time frame of the mid-60s? Working as a high-school "Goldwater Girl" in 1964 supporting Republican Senator Barry Goldwater for president -- the same Barry Goldwater that voted against the Civil Rights Act. It wasn't until the end of the '60s that she turned Democrat.
But never mind the details! Lewis, joined by Rep. Charlie Rangel and others, has made his choice and now they will begin campaigning for Clinton in the South. The CBC PAC said Clinton has been "our partner long-term" and would be a better choice than Sanders for electing other Democrats. As the AP stated, "Privately, Democrats fear that Sanders as the nominee would lead to major losses in House and Senate races."
In the end, it's politics as usual.
Watch Lewis's remarks below: