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Of course, our racist president-elect insults a renowned Civil Rights leader

It's clear that Rep. Lewis' bold actions speak louder than Trump's baseless words on Twitter.

“Knock the crap out of them.”

“I’d like to punch him in the face.”

“Maybe he should have been roughed up.”

These are some of the many instances in which Donald Trump incited violence at his rallies as he was campaigning to become the next president of the United States of America. But Representative John Lewis did the exact opposite as he fought to end racial segregation in America.

Rep. Lewis was actively involved in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)–a crucial organization which fought for the rights of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to helping organize the 1963 March on Washington, the SNCC organized sit-ins and freedom rides. Rep. Lewis led the SNCC as the third chairman and spoke at the March on Washington over fifty years ago along with Martin Luther King Jr., where he gave have his “I Have A Dream” speech.

This past week, the Civil Rights icon spoke out against Trump during an interview with Chuck Todd for Meet the Press.

“I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Rep. Lewis said. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”

It did not take Trump long to criticize Lewis on Twitter.

Trump said that Congressman Lewis is “all talk” and “no action or results.” But Rep. Lewis was the one who was beaten by a state trooper during a 1965 march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. Rep. Lewis suffered a skull fracture and Trump is the one tweeting. It’s clear that Rep. Lewis’ bold actions speak louder than Trump’s baseless words on Twitter.

While past presidents have visited Selma to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. Lewis said he will not invite Trump to visit Selma, but also would not prevent him from doing so.

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Black History Month is right around the corner and Trump chose to tweet about a civil rights activist rather embracing criticism. Trump is just days away from being inaugurated into one of the most powerful positions in the world but is spending his time bashing a respected civil rights leader on Twitter.

 

 

His words are indicative of how little he appreciates the Civil Rights Movement and those who spearheaded it. Additionally, Trump is no longer visiting the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on Martin Luther King Day, according to ABC News.

What he has said shows his lack of empathy for the struggles African Americans have endured and continue to go through in this country. His lack of concern for race related issues is concerning for the future of America.

Rep. Lewis said he will skip Trump’s inauguration, which will be the first one he does not attend since he was elected into Congress in 1986. Following Trump’s remarks on Rep. Lewis, more Democratic lawmakers are following into Lewis’ footsteps and boycotting the inauguration.

Our president-elect should not be a president for some Americans, he should be a president for all Americans. And America cannot be “great” if our president is not committed to advancing racial equality.