Donald Trump Attacks John Lewis on Twitter, Says He’s ‘All Talk’
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Donald Trump Attacks John Lewis on Twitter, Says He’s ‘All Talk’

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Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon who marched alongside the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and helped organize the March on Washington, was criticized by President-elect Donald Trump as “all talk.” The attack on the Georgia congressman was in response to Lewis’ new interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Trump wrote in his early-morning Twitter rant.

Late Saturday night, Trump added this:

The comments about Lewis came after NBC News released portions of Lewis’ interview with Chuck Todd that will air on the January 15 episode of Meet The Press. In the interview, he said he doesn’t see “this president-elect as a legitimate president” because of Russia’s impact on the election.

“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis said. He also told Todd that he doesn’t plan on attending the inauguration.

“I don’t plan to attend the inauguration,” Lewis said. “It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”

Lewis has represented Georgia’s fifth Congressional district since 1987 and was one of the key figures of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Along with King, Lewis was one of the “Big Six” who helped organize the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Lewis is the only living member of the group. The Alabama-born Lewis was also arrested several times during the Civil Rights movement and was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders.

Lewis’ activism continued into 2016. In January 2016, Lewis said Trump reminds him of the late Alabama Governor George Wallace. “I think demagogues are pretty dangerous, really. … We shouldn’t divide people, we shouldn’t separate people,” Lewis told the Los Angeles Times.

He also participated in the June 2016 sit-in to attempt to force a vote on gun safety in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Earlier this week, Lewis also testified against Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

Many on Twitter found it stunning that Trump would attack Lewis on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend and ironic that he’d attack someone who put his life on the line during the Civil Rights movement. Others also pointed out that while Trump found a way to get out of Vietnam, Lewis was fighting to change America.

Evan McMullin, who ran an independent presidential campaign in 2016, told Trump:

Others noted that the tweets from Trump had racist undertones, as he appears to assume that a black Congressman would represent a poor, troubled district. But this is not true. Lewis’ district is 60.45 percent black, and 88 percent of adults have high school diplomas. Forty-one percent have college degrees. Lewis’ district covers three-fourths of Atlanta.

Here’s other responses to Trump’s attacks:

https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/820257276904804353

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also weighed in:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer added:

Conservative pundit Bill Kristol compared Trump’s treatment of Lewis to his defense of Vladimir Putin.

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15 Comments

Patrick Washington

Your headline is wrong. It should be: Lewis attacks Trump, Trump counter punches without the filter of the dishonest media.

Anonymous

Yes, the “dishonest media” . . . that would be anyone who attacks Trump with the facts! Crybabies all of you!!!

STL MAMA

He didn’t even need the dishonest media. His tweet was dishonest. John Lewis represents the best of Atlanta and they love him since 77. But the what do you expect from a shady, draft dodging, big mouth PUNK. There isn’t an honest tweet that would dis John Lewis. Not sure when DT became the symbol of a real man but it is sad. Very, very sad.

isabelle

YES!!! It’s about time that someone calls out these poverty pimps. Before you can ever come to Trump with any complaint, fix your crime and poverty riddled district. Trump is already putting idiots on notice.

Real Americans have spoken. We want our country back. Our jobs were being sent to Mexico and China. Our taxes were being spent on illegals, refugees, and welfare leaches.

My healthcare is too expensive ($800/month for my family). Time to step away from socialism and let the capitalism work. My car insurance is just $25 per month (Insurance Panda) and my internet is just $30/month from RNC. Let the free market handle health insurance!

Hillary will look good wearing prion orange rather that those 15k white suits.

Karen Jones

Now you look as dumb as Trump since it isn’t a poverty riddled district at all. Remember your guy said he was gonna drain the swamp, but he just lied and told you what you want to hear. Also, he isn’t putting Hillary in jail “after all” The Obamacare repeal bill is all about tax cuts for the rich. You have been played!

edieann

If they are so educated, then why do these folks continue to elect this corrupt individual?

up yours

They elected him because they were fooled and believing he cared for them. They were fooled and believing he would stand up for the true black community and poor ! But ;
It was just all lies ! Because ;
A lie is sweet on the ears ! But ;
The truth is like a thousand stinging scorpions .
Obamacare is illegal you cannot pass a law that steals your tax returns !

Anonymous

Yeah, the free market handling insurance–56 million people woouldn’t even qualify due to pre-existing conditions–that’s how the free market has handled insurance. Instead, Obamacare requires accountability, so there are no freeloaders. You can’t put a car on the road without insurance, cuz all of the rest of us would have to pay for your accidents. Obamacare is the same thing; ya gotta’ pay your own way . . . for lower incomes, there are supplements . . . if capitalism did such a great job insuring America, how come before Obmacare, so many people lacked healthcare stop being such a crybaby for having to do the right thing and pay your own way!

Anonymous

“Real” Americans have spoken . . . what’s a “real” American–white, male and residing in the Rust Belt or the South . . . if you’re so pissed about jobs being sent overseas, then why would you vote for a guy, who sent jobs overseas himself?? Automation sent your job overseas . . . tax breaks/greed sent your jobs overseas . . . I was laid off for two years during the Great Recession . . . but I didn’t whine . . . instead, I used the time to re-train, and now make more money than before I was laid off . . . that’s what a “real” American does—they do whatever it takes to get the job done–losers sit around and blame everyone else.

Anonymous

When, as a young man, John Lewis was getting the crap beat out of him to earn voting rights, Trust Fund Donnie was sitting on Daddy’s yacht sipping martinis avoiding the Vietnam draft due to his supposed heel spur! When asked which heel, surprisingly, Trust Fund Donnie couldn’t remember!! Imagine that!!!!!????

Pat

If a basic necessity like insurance is too expensive for you, you are a fool to have voted for Donald Trump. Your problem will only get worse. Sucker! You’ve been punked! Also, you need to educate yourself. Congressman Lewis’ district was thriving long before President-Elect Tweet ran for president, and it will continue to thrive long after President-Elect Tweet is impeached. And, while you are at it, do some research on who makes up the majority of welfare recipients. I will give you a hint: their skin is not brown or tan. Finally, what makes you think legal taxes are being spent on people who are in the U.S. illegally?

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