We learned today that Representative Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, passed away at age 80. Lantos was also a superdelegate supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton. Upon hearing the news, co-anchor Terry Moran wrote this in an email to our political unit.
Terry Moran Reports:
It is true his legacy goes beyond this campaign: Tom Lantos was a statesman of the old school: one of the truly great advocates for human rights in the U.S. Congress, a founder of the Human Rights Caucus and a reliable ally for human-rights activists around the world.
Except, perhaps, in the Palestinian Territories, where critics claim he overlooked Israel’s human-rights abuses. He may not have been completely pure. No one is. But the world is probably a more just place because Tom Lantos was in it- - and that’s a pretty good legacy to leave behind.