Continuing his tradition of insulting people no one else would think of insulting (like prisoners of war and Gold Star families), Donald Trump attacked civil rights icon John Lewis for being, according to Trump, an ineffective congressman. "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," Trump tweeted on Saturday morning. "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!" These 11 responses to Trump's wholly unjust attack on Rep. Lewis show that people are continuing to be on the right side of history.
Needless to say, the characterization of one of the most well-known leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, a man who endured beatings by mobs and state troopers and who was arrested over 40 times and continued to fight despite it all, as being "all talk" prompted a massive response on social media; four hours after the president-elect's tweets, Lewis was the number one trending topic worldwide on Twitter, with over 360,000 posts being published about him.
Trump's comments came after an interview in which Lewis criticized the upcoming administration's validity. "I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president," he told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. "I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton."
Here are 11 reactions that perfectly illustrate how Trump's comments on John Lewis are simply inaccurate and unfair.
1. Show Some Respect
John Lewis is an icon of the Civil Rights Movement who is fearless in the pursuit of justice and equality. He deserves better than this. https://t.co/WX1QDCKfzP— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 14, 2017
California Sen. Kamala Harris couldn't be more correct here.
2. And This Timing...
Coming for John Lewis on MLK weekend seems like putting a fork in an electrical outlet but you know, whatever.— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) January 14, 2017
This Trump gaffe would almost be funny if he weren't president-elect.
3. The Pictures Say It All
The man in those photos is definitely not "all talk." Considering that he was arrested (for the 45th time) as recently as 2013 for fighting on behalf of civil rights proves that he continues to be all about action, even to this day.
4. Too Familiar
"John Lewis shouldn't talk about things like that" is also an argument John Lewis heard 50 years ago.— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) January 14, 2017
5. Keeping His Word
If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it.— Jennifer Morlan (@JennyMorlan) January 14, 2017
- Rep. John Lewis
Pretending not to have an issue with a president who rose to power with the help of dubious allies wouldn't be a John Lewis thing to do.
6. Trump's Wrong About This, Too
By the way, John Lewis represents a majority-black district where 88% of adults have high school diplomas and 41% have college degrees. pic.twitter.com/R17EmvMn8c— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 14, 2017
While the crime rate in Lewis' district is higher than the national average, the region also has a lot to boast, including the highly educated population.
6. Pot Meet Kettle
John Lewis shed blood for American democracy, Donald Trump won't even divest his business. Who's all talk? https://t.co/zBYCKLrejw— Mazel Tov Cocktail (@AdamSerwer) January 14, 2017
As the cliché goes: Don't throw stones in glass houses.
7. This Has Got To Be The Explanation
on the real: i doubt trump knows anything about john lewis.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) January 14, 2017
Not knowing anything about John Lewis would be sad(!) for multiple reasons, but there's no way Trump would have gone after him if he'd been aware of who Lewis is, right? Right??
8. No Lies
Donald Trump was quicker to denounce John Lewis, a staple of the civil rights movement than David Duke, the head of the KKK. Telling.— Simar Ahluwalia (@sahluwal) January 14, 2017
When he was initially asked about David Duke's endorsement, Trump's response was, "Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK?" It took public outcry denouncing his unwillingness to give a firm answer in order for the president-elect to issue a firm disavowal.
9. In Bad Company
Trump has never taken a shot at Putin or Assad half as hard as the slam he dished out to John Lewis.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 14, 2017
The people Trump seems to enjoy grouping himself with couldn't be more telling.
10. Enough Of That "All Talk" Stuff
Trump must feel really embarrassed right now.
That's all there is to say.
It should be interesting to see how the Trump team responds to this latest mess. But one thing is clear: People generally seem to be on the right side of history on this one, and it's no secret that Trump has no clue what he's talking about.