In the aftermath of the Donald Trump defeat of Hillary Clinton, many unhappy Democrats are still throwing temper tantrums. One such tantrum has been launched by Rep. John Lewis, (D-GA), when he said in a recent interview that he does not consider Donald Trump to be a legitimate President.
Lewis is an icon in the civil rights movement. He was born to Alabama sharecroppers. During his education at American Baptist Seminary and Fisk University in Nashville, Lewis became a civil rights activist, leading in peaceful sit-ins. After attending a nonviolence workshop given by several others, he became dedicated to a philosophy of nonviolence, which he still practices and preaches.
In the Buffalo area, he saw whites and blacks working together and sharing things together including a water fountain. This filled the young Lewis with hope for a desegregated and equal America.
In 1957, Lewis met the legendary Rosa Parks and then a year later, he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He later marched with King and bears the physical scars from being beaten for this civil rights stand and protests. In 1960, Lewis was a member of the original Freedom Riders, a group made up of 6 blacks and 6 whites who committed to riding from Washington DC to New Orleans together in a display of integration.
In 1963, Lewis took over the chairman position of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from Stokely Carmichael. He held that position for three years.
In 1986 Lewis ran for the US House of Representatives from Georgia’s 5th District which encompasses the Atlanta Metropolitan area and more. He won his election and was sworn in as a member of Congress on January 3, 1987. He has continued to win re-election and still serves as a member of Congress.
A large part of Lewis’s life has been spent trying to mend bridges and bring people together. He actively encourages everyone, black, white, Hispanic, etc., to get out and vote. His life has been spent trying to enfranchise blacks and whites.
There is no doubt that he is a hero to many in the black American community, but that does not make him God nor is he sinless. Lewis has fought long and hard for the American way of life, but the second it’s not to his liking, he turns his back on the same system he fought so hard to defend.
So, when Lewis takes such a negative public stand on the American system that’s been in place for over 200 years, he is insulting not only Donald Trump but the American people and everything America stands for. Yet, all the liberals and liberal media are blaming Trump for the spat that Lewis started.
On Monday at a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, Lewis told the audience:
“Never give in. Stand up. Speak up. When you’re seeing something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something, and not be quiet.”
But what’s not right? Trump legitimately won the electoral college vote and is legally and rightfully the legitimate next President of the United States.
Sean Spicer, Trump’s soon-to-be White House Press Secretary appeared on CBS This Morning and had a very good response when asked about the spat between Lewis and Trump:
“I think John Lewis is an icon in both civil and voting rights. That’s why I think his comments were disappointing. John Lewis, more than anybody, understands the need to enfranchise people, to get them out to vote and when he makes a comment about the illegitimacy of an election and the illegitimacy of the president, I think that really undermines the work that John Lewis has done because he’s been such a champion and a hero of voting rights and working to get more people to vote.”
“The president-elect has a right, as he’s done over and over again, of fighting back and making sure that he shows that he’s not going to sit back and take attacks without responding.”
In the long run, Spicer is right in that when Lewis took his pouty position against recognizing Donald Trump as the legitimate President-elect, he really undermined his life’s work of bringing people together. His actions only serve to dis-enfranchise blacks from whites. In one small act of pouting because the election didn’t go his way, Rep. John Lewis has turned his 50 years of civil rights work into a lie and he has no one but himself to blame.