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PopWrapped | Current Events

John Lewis: Trump Is Not A "Legitimate President"

Kristina Atienza | PopWrapped Author

Kristina Atienza

Updated 01/17/2017 7:04pm
John Lewis: Trump Is Not A
Media Courtesy of Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Inauguration day is fast approaching, and the incoming president is facing some opposition from Congressman John Lewis.

During an interview with NBC News, Lewis stated that he does not believe that Donald Trump is a "legitimate president."

"I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected," said Lewis. "And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton."

Lewis also has no intention of being at the inauguration, making this the first ceremony that the politician will miss during his time in Congress.

"You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, it's not right," explained Lewis.

Despite this belief, the Congressman from Georgia will still try to establish a relationship with the 45th President.

"I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people," said Lewis of building a relationship with Trump. "It will be hard. It's going to be very difficult."

Trump quickly responded to the comments made by John Lewis on Twitter.

The most interesting of the comments made by the President-elect is that he claims Lewis is "all talk, no action."

The irony in Trump's claims about Lewis is that Lewis has a history of being active and fighting injustice in the country. In Lewis' youth, he was actively part of the Civil Rights Movement and even got arrested for challenging Jim Crow segregation in the South.

As recently as Summer 2016, Lewis led over 100 Democrats in a sit-in protest over gun control that showed up all over social media but, unfortunately, was unable to result in major legislative action.

Trump's response has resulted in some irritation from a few people on social media for "attacking a civil rights leader on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day." Others called out the incoming President for his characterization of Lewis' district, which, even if it does face the struggle of most urban environments, still includes wealthy neighborhoods, a busy airport and other major businesses that go against Trump's claim that the district is "horrible" and "falling apart."

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