The reality that people in the 21st century would have the unmitigated gall to yell racial slurs at American hero Rep. John Lewis sickens me to my core, but it also breaks my heart. The people who did it are worse than un-American. They’re everything this country fights against. From CNN:

“I haven’t seen heard anything like this in more than 40 years, maybe 45.” Lewis said. “Since the march from Selma to Montgomery really.”

“Yeah, but it’s okay,” Lewis added. “I’ve faced this before. So, it reminded me of the 60’s. There’s a lot of downright hate and anger and people are just being downright mean.”

It’s repellent that Mr. Lewis had to go through any amount of revisiting of what happened to him so long ago.

Back in 1965, John Lewis was part of “Bloody Sunday,” a day when marchers crossed the Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama only to be greeted by Alabama State Troopers and other white lawmen who attacked the marchers violently with billy clubs and tear gas. Lewis was beaten almost to death that day. It happened 45 years ago, two Sundays ago, an historic event Mr. Lewis commemorated by visiting Pettus Bridge.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver had the “n” yelled at him as well on Saturday, with Rep. Barney Frank hearing “homo” from someone in the crowd, while a CNN producer heard “faggot” yelled at him.

What we are witnessing is an unraveling. How far it will go no one yet knows.

“I think The Republicans have a level of energy but inside that energy they have their own problem and fissures. They’re basically at the behest of a fringe group that’s taken control of their own party and their own leaders are scared of it.” – Rahm Emanuel on “60 Minutes” (video via HuffPost)