Ranking members of the Congressional Black Caucus joined together Wednesday to contest the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to the president-elect's cabinet as attorney general — and it's the line from Rep. John Lewis' statement during Sessions's hearing that mattered the most.
Lewis is known as one of the "Big Six" of the Civil Rights Movement, who took the lead on the movement that became known as "Bloody Sunday," otherwise known as the Selma to Montgomery march, where 600 participants were beaten by law enforcement during their peaceful protest to gain voting rights in 1965.
Now, he's taking that history and making sure it doesn't get repeated, with the reminder of what the "bitter fruits of segregation and racial discrimination" tasted like:
"We need someone as AG who is going to look out for all of us, not just for some of us," Rep. Lewis on Sessions https://t.co/c2QQ5qsMf6— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 11, 2017
In reference to Donald Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again," a campaign that Sessions was first in line to get behind, Lewis said, "There are forces that want to take us back to another place. We don't want to go back. We want to go forward."
But of all the powerful things Rep. Lewis said there was one that stood out the most. Quoting A. Philip Randolph, Lewis recited:
He's said it before, and it bears repeating.
A. Philip Randolph said on more than one occasion "we may have come here on different ships but we're all in the same boat now" #goodtrouble— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) July 5, 2016
In his final plea, Lewis made the case for having an attorney general who has a clean history of treating people equally, and that line stands out as one that should make you pause and think about Sessions, Trump, and the whole situation.
No matter what boat you came in on, we're all in the same boat now.