Firestorm Erupts After Trump Lashes Out At Civil Rights Icon John Lewis – Video

Trump Calls Civil Rights Icon John Lewis ‘All Talk’ Setting Off Massive Backlash

Trump began Martin Luther King weekend by attacking civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on Twitter.



NBC News reports that: “Lewis rankled President-elect Donald Trump when he told NBC News’ ‘Meet the Press’ in an exclusive interview on Friday that he does not believe Trump is a ‘legitimate president.’ The comment provoked Trump to lash out at the congressman, decrying him on Twitter Saturday as ‘all talk, talk, talk – no action or results.'”

“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” he added.

As The Guardian reports, “The criticism of US congressman John Lewis came on the day of a civil rights march in Washington aimed at Trump’s incoming presidency, two days before America observes the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day and six days before the country’s first black president leaves office.”



Lewis, who was beaten by state troopers during the historic 1965 march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, is the first leading Democrat to publicly question Trump’s right to govern,” continued The Guardian, adding that: “The 76-year-old congressman from Georgia, seen by some as the moral conscience of the nation, will boycott Trump’s inauguration, the first he has missed since becoming a member of Congress three decades ago.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended Lewis, tweeting that those who have tried to silence him in the past have failed.

NBC News notes that more backlash is expected, that by challenging Lewis, Trump “could end up pushing more members of his own party to skip Friday’s presidential inauguration in protest.”



As The Guardian reports,

Ben Sasse, a Republican senator for Nebraska and frequent Trump critic, said on Twitter: “John Lewis and his ‘talk’ have changed the world.” Conservative commentator Bill Kristol posted: “It’s telling, I’m afraid, that Donald Trump treats Vladimir Putin with more respect than he does John Lewis.”

Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer who ran as an independent conservative in the presidential election, said: “While you avoided the draft, John Lewis risked his life for equality in America. You’ll never even dream of such selfless patriotism, Donald.”

Howard Wolfson, a former deputy mayor of New York, commented: “John Lewis did more to make America great in one day on the Edmund Pettus Bridge than Donald Trump ever will.”

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) tweeted that Trump “isn’t fit to polish hero [Lewis’] boots.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) tweeted Lewis “knows true sacrifice. (Trump) has no clue.”

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