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Olympic legend Carl Lewis lashes out at Donald Trump

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Olympic legend Carl Lewis, attending the Pan American Games at the invitation of Lima organizers, took the opportunity to slam U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday.

“We have a president who is racist and a misogynist, who doesn’t value anybody but himself,” said Lewis, who was asked to weigh in on the issue of gender equality in sport.

“My mother was a pioneer. My parents were teachers and they taught us that everyone deserves the same opportunities,” added Lewis, who counts nine Olympic gold medals among his 10 total.

“Of course I’m for (equal pay) in athletics. We shouldn’t even be talking about it.

“We have to fight for people’s rights and love each other.”

Lewis, 58, won Olympic long jump gold at four straight Games: 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. He completed a sprint treble with 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100-meter relay gold at the 1984 Olympics, and also won the 100 in 1988 and 4×100 relay gold in 1992.

He will be in Lima until Sunday, when the Pan American Games athletics competition ends, and will present the 100 and long jump medals.