Another day, another feud courtesy of Donald Trump. This time around, the president-elect has decided to blast John Lewis. Mr. Lewis is not the average Joe; he is a living icon for many Americans, especially African-Americans. The civil rights leader, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and stood with Rosa Parks, has seen his fair share of violence. He was bloodied by the Ku Klux Klan, and in 1965 he was severely beaten during the events dubbed “Bloody Sunday” as he crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
He was left with a fractured skull and broken bones in the hands of the Alabama State Troopers. Early Saturday morning, Trump took to Twitter where he had a few words for the congressman from Georgia. The billionaire called Lewis “all talk and no action” and proceeded to enumerate all of the things that are not working in Georgia’s 5th congressional district, which the Democrat has been serving since 1987.
The former reality star wrote: “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to……” He went on to add: “mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
Trump’s latest Twitter meltdown comes just hours after the former primary assistant to the Democratic whip claimed that he was an illegitimate president because he had received the help of Vladimir Putin to win the election.
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Lewis said: “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
In the same interview, Lewis said he was skipping the inauguration, and a growing list of Democrats have decided to do the same. Many liberals and some conservatives have taken to social media to blast Trump and show support for Lewis.
David Cicilline tweeted: “John Lewis is an American hero. You’re a fake billionaire who won’t release his taxes. Put down Twitter and get serious about governing. ”
The very conservative Bill Kristol made his opinion known: “It’s telling, I’m afraid, that Donald Trump treats Vladimir Putin with more respect than he does John Lewis.”
Amy Siskind tweeted: “There are some places you just don’t go: and a silver-spoon, draft dodger calling John Lewis all talk is one of them!”
One Republican pleading with Lewis to change his mind and attend the event, Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska, wrote: “John Lewis and his ‘talk’ have changed the world. To John Lewis, one of my heroes: Please come to the Inauguration. It isn’t about a man. It is a celebration of peaceful transfer of power.”
A close source to the Transition Team said that they asked the incoming leader not to go after Lewis, but he would not listen. The source also claimed that Trump feels offended whenever someone delegitimizes his presidency.
The irony, Trump began his political career with the birther movement, which falsely claimed that Obama should not have been elected president because he was born in Kenya.