Donald Trump Slammed By Democrats And Republicans Alike Following His Twitter Attack Of Civil Rights Icon John Lewis
In typical fashion, Trump reacted to criticism from someone by lashing out on Twitter against him, this time civil right icon, Representative John Lewis. After Representative Lewis made it public that he will not be attending Trump’s Presidential inauguration, Trump blasted him on Twitter with the following message:
“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,” Trump tweeted. “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
The reaction from Democrats and celebrities was predictably strong and swift, but Republican politicians also did not hesitate to defend Representative Lewis.
Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., stated that he disagrees with Lewis’s questioning of the presidential election, but said he is a “hero & icon.”
“He deserves all of our respect,” Yoder tweeted. “He’s earned it.”
Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele had clear advice for Trump.
“Number one, don’t tweet that. Number two, don’t go there,” he said on MSNBC, adding that the attacks were “unnecessary” and “unfortunate.”
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., was even more direct.
“Dude, just stop,” he tweeted after Trump continued tweeting about Lewis.
As Bill Madden pointed out in his Tweet reflecting on the President-Elect’s attack against a revered civil rights leader, many feel that the timing of it at the beginning of Martin Luther King weekend makes it all the more inappropriate.
The “All talk…” comment was particularly troubling to many, leading NAACP President Cornell Brooks to respond with the following Tweet with a picture of him bloodied after being physically attacked during a peaceful civil rights protest:
@repjohnlewis, @realDonaldTrump dishonored Lewis’ sacrifice & demeaned Americans & the rights, he nearly died 4. Apologize.