JUST IN: Amazon Sales Spike After Trump Insults Civil Rights Icon John Lewis (DETAILS)


It’s Martin Luther King Day weekend, and our President-elect decided to celebrate by attacking Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on Twitter, saying the civil rights leader was “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results.” He even threw in some thinly veiled racism at the end.

Trump was likely responding to comments Lewis recently said about him in an interview, where he said that he believed the President-elect was “illegitimate”, based on Russian meddling in the electoral process. He also told reporters that he did not plan on attending the inauguration.

Fortunately, the list of public officials who leapt to Lewis’s defense was long and notable. That’s because Lewis has been anything but “all talk”. While protesting against segregation as a leader in the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNNC), Lewis was beaten by police and arrested. He was an acclaimed speaker during the same period and was among the citizens attacked by law enforcement during the “Bloody Sunday” march for voting rights to Montgomery. He has consistently fought for civil rights in the following decades as an elected official.

In addition to the outpouring of support from his fellow legislators, it appears there’s no such thing as bad publicity, when our tangerine-in-chief is the one providing it at least. Amazon has apparently sold out of Lewis’s biography Walking with the Wind: A memoir of the movement, according to ThinkProgress.org. The retail website allegedly has a wait list of a month or more to pick up a copy of the book.

The sudden surge in sales can likely be attributed to a number of folks plugging his book in solidarity on Twitter, including author Anne Rice.

Lewis and staffers representing him have not responded to Trump’s criticism. After all, it’s not likely that a man who lived through the things he’s been through would be particularly fazed by a mean tweet. You can still pick up copies of March, a series of graphic novels chronicling Lewis’s experience in the civil rights movement, as well as his other book Across That Bridge.

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