Jan. 11: Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, takes a seat at the witness table on Capitol Hill in Washington.
A growing number of Democrats, Hollywood stars and some Republicans came to the defense of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis in the midst of the fallout from Donald Trump’s comments before, on Saturday.
Trump said that Lewis, who argued the President-elect is not a legitimate leader, should focus more on fixing his Georgia district.
“Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, the Trump tweeted in terrible shape and not fall apart”.
The response on Twitter was rapid. GOP sen. Ben Sassse Nebraska, tweeted that “John Lewis and his “speeches” that have changed the world.”
On this Martin Luther King Jr weekend, let it be clear that John Lewis is an American patriot. Trump’s attacks on to confirm it further. pic.twitter.com/WavPT36Atu
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) January 14, 2017
It is to say that I’m afraid that Donald Trump treated Vladimir Putin with more respect than he is from John Lewis.
— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol) January 14, 2017
Trump says John Lewis, a poor part of the city, the “falling apart” just because he is black. The textbook definition of racism. https://t.co/3Vi93Oq9T2
— Guy Cecil (@guycecil) January 14, 2017
Fig – @real Donald trump is not fit to Polish hero @repjohnlewis boots.
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) January 14, 2017
My friend @repjohnlewis is an American hero. A champion for justice and reconciliation. @real Donald trump could learn something from his example
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) January 14, 2017
The residents of Lewis district in Atlanta, in the meantime, in response to a tweet from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, began to pictures of your neighborhood on Twitter — many of which do not fit with the Trump characterization.
@ajc I live in the fifth district and could not be more proud of my votes for @repjohnlewis! pic.twitter.com/Vbu1H4u40H
— Kevin Finke (@kevin_finke) January 14, 2017
@ajc #fifth district #eav pic.twitter.com/8w59ToOFRc
— Tim Truxell (@flannel Enigma) January 14, 2017
Lewis, a leader in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, who was beaten by state troopers during the “Bloody Sunday” March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, says in a NBC ‘ s “Meet the Press” to air Sunday, that he win not Trump hold a “legitimate President” and blame the Russians for the support of the Republicans the White house.
“You know, I believe in the forgiveness. I think when you try to work with people. It will be hard. It will be very difficult. I don’t see that as president-elect as the legitimate President,” said Lewis.
Trump, in a follow-up tweet on Saturday, said Lewis should spend help of time, his “crime” invested the district, instead of “wrong to complain about the election results.”
“All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad.” Trump completed.
Lewsi said he will skip next week’s inauguration of the Trump in the Capitol, some of the other Democrats who have decided to boycott the occurrence of the historical event.
“I think the Russians assumed that this man will be elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” said Lewis.
The Lewis-Trump fued escalted on the eve of the Martin-Luther-King-Jr. Day.
U.S. intelligence services have said that Russia is experimenting to help in the choice of Trump to win. After spending weeks discerning, evaluation, Trump finally accepted that the Russians are behind the election-year hacking of the Democrats, which roiled the race for the White house. But he also stressed that “there is absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election, including the fact that there is no manipulation of any kind always-voting-machines.”
Lewis explains his decision to stay away from the inauguration as a “you can’t be home with something you feel is not wrong, is right.”
He said it was the first inauguration that he has missed in the three decades, a time in which is that Democrats and Republicans take the oath of office.
Other democratic legislators have announced plans to skip the inauguration belong to make repetitions. Barbara Lee from California, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Luis Gutierrez of Illinois. You cite a number of reasons, but have at least one thing in common. Of all places, the heavily democratic districts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.