Internet Slams Trump’s MLK Weekend Twitter Attack On Civil Rights Icon/16-Term Congressman John Lewis

President-elect Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack against civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, in two tweets Saturday morning, after the civil rights hero questioned the legitimacy of his presidency in light of reports of Russian involvement in the election.

The attacks, launched just two days before the nation celebrates the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., disparaged Lewis as “All talk, talk talk – no action or results” and claimed his district was “crime infested” and “falling apart.”

In a Friday interview on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd asked the civil rights leader if he’s going to try and “forge a relationship with Trump.”

Lewis, who helped organized the Selma marches in 1965 that led to his arrest and a beating by police, said that he believes in forgiveness, but added, “it’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”

Todd asked him to elaborate and Lewis said, “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”

Saturday morning, Trump fired back, writing: “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!”

Legislators from both sides of the aisle made public statements condemning Trump’s attacks:

Journalists and historians pointed out the factual inaccuracies in Trump’s tweets about the district represented by Lewis, a 16-term congressman:

CBS notes: “One Republican strategist pointed out the irony of lashing out at Lewis, a former chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee who risked his life organizing sit-ins and marches to fight racial injustice in the Jim Crow South, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”

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