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President-elect Donald Trump lashed back out at Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., on Saturday morning after the civil rights leader questioned the legitimacy of his upcoming presidency.
“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.” Trump tweeted.
The president-elect tacked on his favorite Twitter conclusion: “Sad!”
On Saturday night, he added:
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
On Friday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” published an early portion of its interview with Lewis, who said he didn’t view Trump’s presidency as legitimate. Lewis pointed to the U.S. intelligence community’s allegation that Russia interfered in the election via cyberattacks and other methods.
“It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” said Lewis.
Late last month, President Obama ordered retaliatory sanctions against two Russian intelligence agencies and expelled 35 Russian suspected spies from the U.S.
Throughout the campaign, WikiLeaks published a trove of embarrassing emails from the Democratic National Committee and from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman that the U.S. intelligence community said were leaked by Russian hackers. The Obama administration has not claimed that Russia played a decisive role in the election, and the integrity of the vote has not been questioned by officials.
“I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected,” Lewis said. “That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open democratic process.”
Lewis, who now represents parts of Atlanta in Congress, was one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis has emerged as one of the leading critics of the Trump administration, and testified against Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., during his confirmation hearing to become Trump’s attorney general.
He is also one of a handful of House Democrats who have said they will boycott the inauguration, which is normally a celebration of bipartisanship. Hillary and Bill Clinton have both said that they will attend.
After Trump’s Twitter barrage against Lewis, a number of residents of Lewis’ district took to social media to dispute Trump’s characterization of its neighborhoods. Additionally, a slew of congressional Democrats and even Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., came to his defense.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) January 14, 2017
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 14, 2017
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) January 14, 2017
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 14, 2017
Post updated 7:30 p.m. ET to include Trump’s new tweet.
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