Trump Hits Back at John Lewis

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On tomorrow’s Meet the Press, Georgia Congressman John Lewis will say that he doesn’t consider Donald Trump to be a “legitimate president.”

Chuck Todd: You have forged a relationship with many presidents. Do you plan on forging a relationship with Donald Trump?

Rep. John Lewis: I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.

Todd: You do not consider him a legitimate president?

Lewis: No.

Todd: Why is that?

Lewis: I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. I don’t plan to attend the inauguration. It would be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in the Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.

Todd: That is going to send a big message to a lot of people in this country, that you don’t believe he’s a legitimate president.

Lewis: I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.

Lewis is invariably described as a “civil rights icon,” but the man is an utter fraud. He has been coasting on his 50-year-old reputation for decades. Andrew Breitbart exposed Lewis as a liar when he claimed, falsely, to have been subjected to racial epithets by a crowd outside the Capitol. Lewis disgracefully testified against Jeff Sessions’s nomination as Attorney General, again playing the fake race card. And, for what it’s worth, he didn’t consider George W. Bush a legitimate president, either.

There is no reason to treat John Lewis with kid gloves, and Donald Trump doesn’t do so. This morning he used his favorite medium to respond to Lewis’s slanders:

Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017

mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017

Trump could have been a lot harsher.

Steve Lodahl ·

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Danny Mitchell ·

Dallas, Texas

Deborah Brown ·

Sentinel High School

David H Dennis ·

Photographer at Photographer

Mark Adams I don't think it's necessarily a good precedent to thank or think well of the people who broke into the Democrats' accounts. We certainly wouldn't want that to happen to us, although admittedly RNC security looks a lot better than DNC. What turned the election was remarkably simple to describe: Hillary revealed that she hated 40% of the population, and that 40% turned out to vote the way she expected them to. I am not saying that Donald Trump was the passive recipient who did nothing for himself. He outflanked and outmanuvered his opponents at every turn, and deserved to win for that reason. But I'm not convinced that the Russian involvement, if indeed it was Russian, came even close to turning the election for him.

John Donaldson ·

Fort Myers, Florida

If Al Sharpton goes to jail for tax evasion, will the press call him a civil rights icon? Probably. Unlikely to be a presidential counsellor for this Administration.

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Bob Diethrich ·

Duquesne University

Reginald Pettifogger

Trump displayed respect for his elders, even if Lewis didn't display any respect for his betters.

Lewis used up all of his "capital" when he claimed he had been the target of racial taunts while on that much publicized walk across the Capitol with other Demented Democrats - the march that Andrew Brietbart offered a substantial cash reward for anyone coming forward with video evidence of such taunts/attacks, and there was no corroborating evidence of Lewis' claims.

Now, he's just another Old Lion trading on a far-away past and another example of a "Reagan-ism":

"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."

Jared Potter

So what is worse, thinking that a foreign entity tried to influence our election by sending a phishing email that apparently only one person fell for, or learning from that person's emails that the Democrat Party tried to subvert their own processes in favor of one candidate, and block the will of their own voters?

The scandal here is what the DNC did, not what the russians did or may have done.

Russians, Chinese, Nigerians are sending phishing emails all the time - anyone with any common sense and basic security software is protected against this. The fact that Podesta fell for it speaks ill of him, not so much of the Russians (we know the russian government is run by thugs and criminals - now we know that Podesta is a corrupt idiot - or at least, we have more proof now).

John Burke ·

Ardsley, New York

Mark Mandell ·

Columbia University

Diggs Cleveland