It is not the first time the word has been thrown around. Many on social media have been using it to loudly voice their opposition. In fact, there are Facebook pages dedicated to the claim but it is the first time someone other than mere mortals, has dared to openly say it. Civil Rights icon/ Congressman John Lewis told MSNBC’s Meet The Press Chuck Todd that he would not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration on the 20th because he didn’t view the president-elect as “legitimate.”
“No I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people…but this is going to be hard, it is going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis responded, when Todd asked if he planned on forging a relationship with the incoming president Trump. He believed the Russians and others participated in getting Trump elected by destroying Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. (Listen to the rest below).
President Elect Trump Calls Ga Rep. (D) John Lewis ‘All Talk, talk, talk, No Action’
In his tried and true hubris fashion, the president-elect took to his bully pulpit of choice to slam the civil rights icon turned congressman. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district which is in horrible state and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk—no actions or results, sad,” Trump railed on Twitter Saturday.
Incidentally, this dumbfounded response was made on the weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King’s federal holiday. Lewis marched with Dr. King during their tireless fight for equality and justice for all and almost died himself on the bridge to Selma in 1965 when he was savagely beaten by police during the dark Jim Crow era. For America’s next president to be engaging on Twitter with the congressman is far beneath the office he will soon occupy. To call Lewis “all talk and no action,” considering this man’s monumental sacrifice is even more stunning in its concentrated ignorance and infantile impulsiveness.
Many have taken to social media, including Twitter to defend Lewis, slamming Trump and asking the public to purchase the congressman’s books in protest. This seems to be working for reports show that Lewis’s book “March”, a graphic novel trilogy about the Civil Rights movement is flying off Amazon’s “shelves” after it hit the No.1 spot. “Walking with the Wind,” his memoir, is at No.2. NAACP president Cornell Brooks have even called for Trump to apologize for his tweet, which he called “disrespectful.” Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi has also taken to Twitter to weigh in, Tweeting, “#Ahead of MLK Day 2017, let us remember that many have tried to silence @repjohnlewis over the years. All have failed.”
But not everyone is championing Lewis’s bravery for speaking his truth. Some in the media are calling the claim an explosive rebuke and his Republicans colleagues are condemning the Georgia Rep. for expressing his convictions. But why is it explosive, given the mountain of smoldering parts engulfing this election results? Lewis had the guts to say what many are thinking and given the current myriad scandals marring Trump’s win, shouldn’t every American, including the president-elect, want to get to the bottom of what happened?
The unmitigated gall of a man who doggedly pursued the ridiculous conspiracy theory of America’s first black president’s legitimacy for several years; a man who said he hired investigators to travel all the way to Hawaii to dig up proof that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.; that a man, who added the president’s college transcript to his deliberate crusade to damage Obama–to get this offended about accusations of his illegitimacy–is hilarious.
Unlike his unfounded bias about Obama’s presidency, there are legitimate concerns about his. Take the spectra of the Russian hacking the DNC and the biased effect it had on the election. Those who claim the leaked info had no bearings on the results, are deeply disingenuous. How could it not, when Trump and his campaign repeatedly used what was revealed in those emails to slam Clinton? In fact, Trump is still using them, and even praised the hacks at his recent press conference. This is not partisan spin or sour grapes, this is basic cause and effect.
There were no damaging leaks on his end so the scales were decidedly uneven, tilted in his favor. Had there been hacks and leaks on Trump side which were then used by the Clinton campaign, then the equivalency argument could apply. Another blocked stacked against the former secretary of state were FBI Director James Comey’s press conference where he sternly chastised Clinton for being reckless and careless with her private server. He piled on top that bias by coming out later with his claim of finding additional email–and linked disgraced congressman Anthony Wiener to the mix. Trump’s campaign also ran with that new development—which turned out not to be new or relevant.
The added cloud of Russia allegedly having damaging Intel on Trump, information that can be used to seriously compromise his presidency as well as the country, dumps another layer on the already putrefied pile. How can America swear in a new president in six days with all this debris swirling around him? He is up to his neck in the swampy pile and elected officials on both side of the isle should be clamoring to drain this cesspool to get a clear picture of who is being sworn in. This is not time for partisan politics, this is the time for clear, crisp, concise and unwavering allegiance to country and the preservation of democracy. Add his refusal to address his massive conflicts of interest by divesting and this country has an unprecedented constitutional crisis looming.
It looks like Vladimir Putin has played everyone, Democrats and Republicans alike. President Obama, fearing he may look partisan, sat on information about the Russian hacking for months. No other Democrat, who knew of the hacking, spoke out either. FBI Comey, acting as a branch of the Kremlin, blasted Clinton for her private server while sitting on the Intel concerning Trump and Russia. He may have done more damage to her than the Wikileaks leaked emails. Then there were the Republicans whose deep partisanship had many of them actually praising Putin over their president Obama. Fox’s Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro were especially admiring of the strongman. Putin saw and opportunity and pounced. But instead of learning from this fiasco, the partisan divide mounts. Sadly and dangerously so, the only winner here is Putin, who am sure is gleefully banking on the chaos continuing.