[See NewsBusters for more.] While most of the coverage of John Lewis' memorial focused on his role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's and later career as a congressman, CNN's Abby Phillip and Dana Bash argued on Monday's special edition of CNN Newsroom that if Americans wanted to honor Lewis' legacy, they should embrace not just Lewis' dedication to civil rights and racial equality, but also his liberalism on things from gun control to taxes.
After declaring that Lewis was always concerned the country would regress on issues of race, Phillip claimed that this could also apply to "not just on the issues of racial equality but on all issues of justice and fairness in this country." Being just and fair on issues, according to Phillip, could be seen in Lewis taking "a stand on the issue of immigration in The Capitol in his final years. As Suzanne [Malveaux] pointed out, gun control was a major issue for him."