Guess what? The Tweeter in Chief Donald Trump is not only taking on the highest office in the land, but Friday he also gained access to over 13 million new followers on Twitter, increasing his social influence by over half of the reach he has now. But the outgoing president isn't handing over the @POTUS handle without a pointed message: Obama is leaving the POTUS Twitter account with a picture of John Lewis... and it is perfect.
Lewis has had his riffs with the incoming president, going as far as to criticize the legitimacy of Trump's presidency in an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC News: "I don't see this President-elect as a legitimate president. ... I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton."
He's also come out strong against Trump's pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions. In a congressional hearing Lewis forcefully contested the nominee saying:
Now, Obama is leveraging Lewis's message and position and a well-respected civil rights game-changer, putting him front and center on the @POTUS Twitter account that he handed down:
At a time when the next president has been proven to consistently marginalize the most vulnerable Americans — from famously kicking off his campaign with the racist sentiment that Mexicans are "rapists" to assigning alt-right champion Steve Bannon as chief White House strategist — the pushback on a president with such outspoken bigoted views comes in all forms.
And the most recent pushback of the Obamas marching hand-in-hand with John Lewis, on the Twitter account that is being handed over to a morally questionable new president speaks volumes. Hopefully the new, tone-deaf president will get the message — but if his history is any indications, the sentiment will likely go over his enormous orange head.