"President Uhuru wished God's comfort to the family of the Congressman, members of his Democratic Party and his supporters during this difficult period of grief," State House said in a statement.
"He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise. And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example," Obama said."When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand before I was sworn in and told him I was only there because of the sacrifices he made," Obama added. President Donald Trump said he was saddened by the news of the death and that he sent his prayers to Lewis and his family. In 2017, Lewis rebuked Trump’s election, saying he did not recognise him to be a "legitimate" president. Albeit, before Trump reacted to the death, he ordered that flags at the White House and on federal buildings be lowered to half-staff throughout Saturday to honour Lewis.
Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, called Lewis "the truest kind of patriot." New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described Lewis as a "a saint who walked among us." French President Emmanuel Macron said, "A lifetime of struggle for civil rights. A lifetime of getting into 'good trouble,' of fighting for a world that is more just. A true hero. Indeed, 'because of you, John.'"
We are made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis. He was truly one-of-a-kind, a moral compass who always knew where to point us and which direction to march. To John’s family, friends, staff, and constituents, Jill and I send you our love and prayers.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 18, 2020
Civil rights activist Rev Jesse Jackson, who first met Lewis during protests in 1960, said, "John Lewis is what patriotism and courage look like."
Last week when there were false rumors of Congressman John Lewis’ passing, Gayle and I called and were able to speak with him. He sounded weak but was surprisingly more alert than we expected. pic.twitter.com/8kRRDMTvFm— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) July 18, 2020