A Spat Between A Georgia Congressman And The President-Elect Works Against Unity

In an interview with Chuck Todd for this week’s “Meet The Press”, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA-05) expressed his opinion that President-elect Donald Trump is not a legitimate president.  He bases his opinion on the back-and-forth discussion of alleged Russian hacking that exposed email correspondence from the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign.  Apparently Congressman Lewis didn’t heed the words of Vice President Joe Biden during the certification of the election results: “It’s over.”

Rather than letting the Congressman’s statements roll off of his back and taking the high road, President-elect Trump took to Twitter early this morning to rebut Congressman Lewis’ opinion:

Both the Congressman and President-elect are, frankly, acting childish. President Barack Obama, in spite of all of the snide comments about his origins perpetuated by some conservatives, is our president. On January 20th at noon, in spite of all of the protests and desperate pleas against his election, Donald Trump will be our president. The votes have been counted and certified. It’s over.

Even though Donald Trump won the Electoral College, he still lost the popular vote by a few million votes. That’s a fact that’s going to be difficult to spin. President-elect Trump should be working to build relationships within Congress and promote a positive message to unite our country instead of taking to Twitter in the early hours of the morning whenever someone says something bad about him.

Congressman Lewis is a civil rights icon and garners the respect of both Republicans and Democrats. His acting out is disappointing. I hope that he would do more to reach out to President-elect Trump to discuss issues of race and civil rights instead of resorting to petty attacks. The fact is that he will be dealing with a Trump administration for the next four years whether he likes it or not.

Really, President-elect Trump should stay away from Twitter during his presidency and grow a bit thicker skin instead of insulting Congressmen and their constituencies. It’s not becoming of a President.

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