Washington: Rep. John Lewis has been critical of President elect Donald Trump. He has never hidden his antipathy towards him and has never minced words while criticizing the real estate billionaire whose win in US presidential election has amazed political pundits.
Following his latest comments that he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a “legitimate president”, the President in waiting has gone on an offensive against the civil rights icon.
There is no denying that Rep. John Lewis is respected by both Republicans and Democrats for his proven track record when it comes to civil rights. Republicans respect him for his services despite the fact that he is not one of them.
Nonetheless, Rep. John Lewis’s credential didn’t prevent Trump from pouncing on him and attacking him in his own inimitable style.
No one, not even his fiercest detractors and opponents can forget his contributions to the US civil society movement. Lewis was one of the top organizers of the 1963 March on Washington, and his skull was fractured by state troopers police on “Bloody Sunday,” the civil rights protest in Selma, Alabama two years later.
While criticizing John Lewis, Donald Trump in his tweet offensive said, “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!” The Trump offensive offensive against the Congressman came following “Meet the Press” interview that aired Friday on NBC in which he questioned Trump victory in presidential elections.
While talking during the interview Lewis said, “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton”. He went on to add that he does not view the “president-elect as a legitimate president” and won’t attend his inauguration.
A report while talking about the reason behind Trump’s tough response against such comments says, “Trump is particularly aggrieved by any comment that questions the legitimacy of his election, the source said, who added that there often is not a larger strategy at work. He is “not going to change. And when you attack him he’s going to hit back, whatever anyone thinks”…Trump’s attack follows the formula of his previous response to slights on the campaign trail, including questioning Sen. John McCain’s war record. The president-elect even went after the Pope once”.