President-elect Donald Trump has faced severe backlash today over his morning Twitter bashing of Civil Rights icon, John Lewis, and now he’s responding. In his morning tirade, Trump tweeted out, “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 morning tirade was in response to Rep. Lewis’ comments on NBC’s Meet the Press where he made the comment, “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.”
Ok, never mind the fact that it’s 2017, and you would think by now Rep. John Lewis would have been able to retire because America should be in a much better place than it is currently.
The backlash Trump faced was swift and fairly savage. Sen. Ben Sasse tweeted in response, “John Lewis and his ‘talk’ have changed the world.” The president of the NAACP, Cornell William Brooks, called for Trump to apologize to Lewis, tweeting, “By disrespecting @repjohnlewis, @realDonaldTrump dishonored Lewis’ sacrifice & demeaned Americans & the rights, he nearly died 4. Apologize.”
Several lawmakers also plan to skip out on the Trump inauguration including Rep. Yvette Clarke and Rep. Ted Lieu in response.
In response to the backlash Trump sent out one tweet that was basically a repeat of what he said before. He tweeted:
‘Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!’
Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
One thing is true – Trump needs a lot of help, at least mentally.
Rep. John Lewis is one of the Civil Rights icons who participated in the marches from Selma to Montgomery, also known as Bloody Sunday. During the fight for civil rights, he faced tear gas, a skull fracture, broken ribs, firebombings, and more. He’s represented the state of Georgia since 1987 in Congress.
Featured image via Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla.