On the weekend where the nation is set to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., president-elect Donald Trump found a way to disrespect a Civil Rights icon.
Trump became upset after Congressman John Lewis shared his thoughts during an interview with NBC, Lewis said, “Donald Trump has proven that his administration will normalize the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party. On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance.”
In usual Trump fashion, he went to Twitter to speak out against Lewis. “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 tweeted.
Lewis, who has given his entire life to fight for human and civil rights, will always have more character than Trump. Again, it’s ridiculous that Trump and his bigotry will become the new leader of this nation.
Lewis responded in a statement by writing, “Some leaders reject decades of progress and want to return to the dark past, when the power of law was used to deny the freedoms protected by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and its Amendments.”
Here is how others responded to Trump’s disrespect of Congressman Lewis.
If having one’s skull fractured marching across a bridge in Selma for freedom is definition of “talk”, THANK YOU FOR TALKING, @repjohnlewis
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 14, 2017
It’s telling, I’m afraid, that Donald Trump treats Vladimir Putin with more respect than he does John Lewis.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 14, 2017
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) January 14, 2017
Donald Trump was quicker to denounce John Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement than David Duke, the head of the KKK. Sad!
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) January 14, 2017