Trump Calls Civil Rights Hero Lewis “All Talk, No Action”
President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning to blast civil rights icon and congressman John 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,” wrote Trump or a staffer. “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
Lewis was one of the youngest civil rights leaders of the 60′s. As a founder and chairman of the influential Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), he was one of the principal organizers of the 1963 March on Washington, when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech. Lewis also literally led the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, when protesters were assaulted by state troopers. A trooper fractured Lewis’ skull with a baton. Several commentators have noted the irony that Trump would attack Lewis during the MLK Jr. holiday weekend.
Since 1987, Lewis has represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, which covers much of Atlanta. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it has a higher median income than Georgia as a whole, though also higher unemployment. Atlanta does have high crime like many major cities, but several analyses show its problems are not as severe as other major metropolitan areas; violent crime rates are lower than in Kansas City and Columbia, SC.
Trump was likely responding to a clip released by NBC News, where Lewis says that he does not consider Trump “a legitimate president” due to Russian hacking during the election. The full interview will air on Meet the Press on Sunday.