Rep John Lewis Goes After Trump during MLK Weekend

Georgia Congressman John Lewis has caused a stir this weekend by going after Donald Trump. Lewis was interviewed by Chuck Todd for Meet the Press and questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton last November. Lewis cited help from the Russians as the reason for Trump’s surprise victory.

According to Lewis,

“It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton”

Obviously Trump wasn’t going to sit back and take any flack from Lewis and he fired off a series of tweets aimed right at the Georgia Congressman and his district, which according to Trump is falling apart.

Lewis represents Atlanta which according to has one of the highest crime rates in the United States. In 2016 Atlanta was named one of the Murder Capitals in the country by the FBI.

Going after Lewis during the MLK holiday is probably not Trump’s best idea. On Monday the country celebrates Martin Luther King Day, which is the birthday of the late civil rights leader. It is a federal holiday.

Lewis is a key figure in the Civil Right movement in the United States who wanted to help African Americans in the United States, like Dr. King. Lewis helped end legalized racial segregation in America and is revered in Georgia as well as all over the country. He dabbled in local politics in Atlanta in the 70s before winning a Congressional seat in 1986. Since then he’s been reelected 14 times to his seat in Congress.

Since Clinton lost the Presidential election to Trump last year Democrats have been quick to blame the loss on the Russians who allegedly hacked the DNC and Clinton’s campaign manager’s emails which surfaced on Wikileaks. Although Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has claimed that he did not receive the leaks from Russian sources the left has claimed it as fact despite concrete evidence. The media has latched onto the Russian hacking scandal and now a lot of Americans, especially Democrats think Trump had help from Vladimir Putin to win the election.

Lewis told Meet the Press that he will skip Trump’s inauguration next week and will stay home in Georgia. It will be the first inauguration he’s missed since winning a Congressional seat in 1986. Lewis has inspired other House Democrats such as California Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Illinois Rep Luis Gutierrez to skip the event as well. It’s likely that many others will decide to skip the inauguration as well. We will find out just who next week.

Trump will be sworn in as President on Friday, January 20 2017. It will be must see TV, but likely for the wrong reasons.