US POLITICS

Trump Bashes Civil Rights Leader On MLK Weekend

John Lewis was subjected to a classic Trump Twitter rant after the Georgia Congressman questioned the legitimacy of his presidency

US POLITICS
REUTERS
Jan 14, 2017 at 6:57 PM ET

President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to lash out against Georgia Representative John Lewis. Trump kicked off a weekend dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by calling Lewis, a seasoned civil rights activist, “all talk” and “no action.”

Lewis, who supported Hillary Clinton in November, on Friday questioned Trump’s legitimacy as president following Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. “I don’t see this President-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis told NBC News. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.” Lewis also said he would skip Trump’s inauguration.

Trump obviously didn’t take kindly to Lewis’ remarks, and in typical Trump fashion, he turned to his favorite social media platform to air his grievances:

While Lewis’ comments are undoubtedly charged, Trump’s decision to insult a civil rights leader on MLK weekend is extremely problematic, and his accusations of Lewis being “all talk” and “no action” are hardly true. Lewis, who was close with King, was beaten in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 while taking part in civil rights marches. Further, Lewis has been active in Congress since 1986, and has also written a trilogy of graphic novels based on his experiences.

Many prominent Twitter users took offense with Trump’s tweets and subsequently rebuked the president-elect. Cornell William Brooks, the president of the NAACP, called on Trump to apologize, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Senator Kamala Harris, and Keith Ellison, a representative from Minnesota, also took to Twitter in support of Lewis.