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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Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Really, Trump is a master of pushback and a US Rep that goes on national TV with phony insults needs to get braced and no media mercy.

But can’t get too upset with Lewis, while he says he feels his constituents pain his big bidness pals get tax bennies, like health fitness tools, golf clubs. 😎

Noway2016
Noway2016

Lewis can always be counted on to be the most partisan of shills. He’s not used to getting any pushback, though. Dems continue to show themselves as crybabies.

joe
joe

I seldom agree with anything that John Lewis says, but you have to be pretty ignorant of history to paint him as a man of no action. When will we have grownups running the show?

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Thanks, Donald, for insulting most of the city of Atlanta.
Insulting John Lewis on MLK weekend.
Smooth move.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Thanks, John Lewis for insulting the incoming Prez and all 62,000,000 of his voters. Smooth move.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Only 62 million? Wow, that’s nearly 3 million less than “guilty as hell” Hillary Clinton. Trump is less popular than a low-down, scandal-ridden candidate who should be in prison. Sad!

Noway2016
Noway2016

What do you call a man who got 3 million less votes than Hillary Clinton? Hmmm, oh yeah, The President-Elect of the United States.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think that focusing on Trump’s tweets is what he wants. Attacking Lewis is providing cover for the continued criticism of his pathetic attempt to avoid conflicts of interest and Mike Flynn’s multiple calls to the Russian ambassador on the day Obama issued sanctions.

I also think it’s telling that Trump has said more negative things about John Lewis than he ever has about David Duke or Vladimir Putin.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Today the AJC headlines their “we’re not that bad” excuses to Trump without interviewing key non-political black achievers in a city with an abundance of talented blacks, who just do it rather than engage in a squabble that no one wins.

Perhaps tomorrow John “the victim” Lewis and the AJC “guilt wrapper” vs. Don “backlash” Trump teams will march over to the theater and watch “Hidden Figures”.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-black-women-mathematicians-who-helped-win-wars-and-send-astronauts-space-180960393/

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

“Hidden Figures”. Filmed in Georgia.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Reince soiling himself on Meet the Press this morning: “it’s wrong how these Democrats are treating the President Elect.”

Oh, so Democrats are claiming Donald Trump is a Kenyan-born, Muslim Brotherhood sleeper agent?

LoyaltyIsMyHonor
LoyaltyIsMyHonor

Dang, this blog has ended up in the toilet. I’ve read deeper political discussions in the AJC and Creating Loafing.

RIP Peach Pundit of 6 years ago 🙁

Noway2016
Noway2016

Lol! Well, Loyalty, enlighten us with some of your serious, deep commentary. Maybe start with this issue. I’ll put down my spittoon and eat breakfast with a knife and fork for a change…

Bart
Bart

The story here is that a sitting congressman openly disputes the legitimacy of a legally elected president. So a guy who epitomizes all that is wrong with congress (do nothing, rigid partisanship) isn’t coming to the inauguration of a get busy president, good! Stay home, whine about the outcome and be irrelevant for yet another congressional session which keeps intact your 30 year record of being a backbencher who occasionally makes a controversial statement to gain some camera time. Trump won and he tweets, get over it. Cong. Lewis can either get on board or just stay the hell out… Read more »

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Yes Mr.Lewis, have a seat at the back of the bus.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Good, CC, goooooooooood , insert that racial component where none was present!!! Thatta girl!!!!

Bart
Bart

Nah CC. Using your inappropriate analogy, Lewis turned down his seat on the bus due to the ‘illegitimate’ driver. Now he can run along beside it hoping he gets another chance to jump on board after realizing the bus is going full speed toward mutually beneficial prosperity.

This statement might be his most regrettable upon reflection after he finally retires. In fact, since he is so offended by this ‘illegitimate’ president, how can he possibly serve under him as a member of congress? Might as well retire now.

bethebalance
bethebalance

i have been unusually shocked, and i truly should not have been shocked, by some of the hate that’s being directed john lewis’ way since he did this thing. some here, some in other forums. the hate just goes beyond rational criticism, bc it fails to account for the other side of the coin of understanding. to wit, most criticism on this blog and in some others is calling mr. lewis a sort of do-nothing, no major bills sponsored, etc. but that’s followed up by a “get the bum out” kicked up to the notch of disrespect, hate, and total… Read more »

Bart
Bart

So now according to bethebalance, it is hate speech to criticize an elected official for failing to accomplish much of anything despite being in office over 30 years. But is OK for the same congressman to question the legitimacy of a legally elected president. This shows just how far we are from finding balance.

bethebalance
bethebalance

don’t go swini

bethebalance
bethebalance

don’t go swini

bethebalance
bethebalance

sorry,technical issues on this post.
but… don’t go swinging off in one direction- that surely upsets balance.
“hate speech” is a very specific thing which over-generalizes the intent. which is that some criticism- some- has been laced with, or augmented by, hate.
more then i think anyone should really be comfortable with.
and, i think anyone can raise points abt legitimacy- the facts or lack of facts (in this case, following investigation of Russian interference or collusion) will be the best judge of correctness.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

No, the story is that we’re less than a week from Inauguration Day and the President Elect’s incoming National Security Advisor is having back channel conversations with Russian officials on the same day Obama is announcing sanctions brought about as the result of illegal Russian meddling in the Presidential election. The story is that the Trump team lied about the timeline of the phone calls before ultimately correcting themselves. The story is that we’re less than a week from the inauguration and the President Elect still hasn’t done anything to clarify how he’all avoid conflicts of interest as President or… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Serious question, Drew. How would you have Trump avoid the violations you suggest? Since he is genuinely a businessman who makes money all iver the world, how would you have him “divest” himself from all of that? Selling everything at firw sale prices wouldn’t be fair to all he’s accomplished business-wise. What type if separation would be reasonable?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Serious answer, Noway. I’d have him divest. Is that fair? No, but nobody put a gun to his head and made him run for President. Trump needs to decide whether he wants to be President or whether he wants to continue to be a landlord and hotel/resort owner. As long as he continues to have an ownership stake in his businesses, he will continue to earn profits from his existing deals involving foreign governments and foreign government-controlled banks. That’s a violation of the Emoluments Clause. Granted, there’s little chance a Republican Congress will do anything about his conflicts of interest.… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

I thought that would be the answer. It’s not reasonable and will not happen. So, I see the Dems “emolumenting” their a$$es off as soon as they can. Reasonable lawmakers will not impeach him hust because he’s a successful businessman. Ain’t gonna happen. Anyone who tries is being simply vengeful.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Again, no snark to you ir your answer. You’re right about your answer.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I used to deal with ethics compliance, so this is right in my wheelhouse. Always happy to discuss it. Divestment really is the only answer. The reason Republicans won’t impeach him isn’t because they’re being “reasonable,” it’s because they’ve been waiting 10 years to control both the Executive and Legislative branches and they aren’t going to blow things up just because Trump is using his office to direct money and business opportunities to the Trump Organization.* Fortunately for the Democrats, Republicans just provided them with a playbook on how to benefit politically from the perception of corruption. The GOP was… Read more »

joe
joe

I used to teach (to Army officers) ethics. I taught that appearance is reality, and that once you appear unethical, you are screwed. You cannot regain trust. Clinton is screwed, and Trump is working on it.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Bart, what goes around comes around. Trump personally spent 8 years publicly and notoriously questioning Barack Obama’s legitimacy. In fact, Trump held multiple press conferences about how “credible sources” and “the best investigators” had uncovered proof Obama wasn’t born in the US. There were more than a handful of Republican legislators who joined Trump in that refusal to recognize the legitimacy of President Obama and there were others *cough* Paul Broun *cough* who went so far as to compare Obama to Hitler and Stalin. So please, spare me the sad violin about John Lewis stating his opinion on Trump’s legitimacy.… Read more »

Bart
Bart

ACP, I didn’t participate or agree with the birther crowd so agree with you that it was a misguided effort. But just because those folks (mostly unelected) screwed the pooch, no reason to repeat the same, especially as an elected official. Lewis was beyond ‘inartful’, his refusal to attend the inauguration or invite Trump to join him in Selma proves he is nothing more than just another political hack. If Lewis truly cared about his district, he would have reached out to Trump for a meeting which based on everybody else Trump has hosted, it would have been graciously accepted.… Read more »

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

2 numbers and he isn’t even POTUS yet: 3 million and 44%.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Lol!!!!! Two numbers: 306-232 and she’ll NEVER be president!!! Pullllll-eeezzzeeee keep posting, CC!

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

3 million is eating him up,driving him crazy. He can’t let go, can’t stop campaigning. Will he walk the halls of the White House at midnight arguing with Ghost Hillary? Sit on his golden toilet (such an appropriate image) tweeting to his increasingly horrified audience? Keep an ear out for the knock on the door when the impeachment team arrives to drag him to the nearest hospital for a mental hold?

44% means buyer’s remorse is setting in before inauguration. Just wait till the Trumpcare provisions sink in.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

1 state: California The overall numbers obscure the fact that one state gave Clinton her edge. Without California in the popular vote totals, Trump leads in the rest of the states combined by more than 2 million popular votes. Exactly the reason the founding fathers created the Electoral College – to prevent any hugely populated state from ever over-ruling the combined votes of all the rest of the country. That possibility was what almost kept the Union from being formed, until the E/C preventive measure was formed. And thanks to Johnson and Stein being on the ballot and peeling off… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So Californians are less American than everyone else? The Electoral College was created because slave states in the South knew that the South’s favored candidate could never win a Presidential election based on popular vote and James Madison explicitly stated this was the motivation. The South had a much much smaller voting-eligible population relative to the North. One, the North had a bigger population to begin with. Two, the agricultural nature of the South meant that there were fewer land-owning whites. Three, there was the whole slavery thing. The South had a disproportionate amount of representation in Congress because the… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Wow! Gotta love that revisionist history! Nowhere close to reality. Opinions, anyone? And about California voting…. CA issues drivers licenses to illegal aliens in their state, of which there are millions. The state also automatically registers people to vote when they receive a driving licenses. Ergo, of the roughly 14 million illegals in California, a conservative estimate would be a million on the voter registration rolls. Sooo…. get the picture? But no matter whether legal or illegal voters, the fact remains that getting beaten in one state does not determine a presidential election. And that was established fact before the… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Not sure what kind of fact checking they’re doing over at totallynotfakerussiannews.biz, but you are woefully wrong about voting in California… http://www.snopes.com/california-motor-voter-act/ You’re also wrong about the weight given to CA votes vis-a-vis those in DE or VT, but I fear that’s not because of fake news but rather a failure to understand basic math concepts… California has 55 EVs. It has 38.8 million people. That’s 1 electoral vote per 705,494 people. Delaware has 3 EVs. It has 935,614 people. That’s 1 electoral vote per 311,871 people. Vermont has 3 EVs and a population of 626,562. That’s 1 electoral vote… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

LOL! Way to misconstrue! I didn’t say Jefferson was personally at the Convention – he definitely was a founder, wrote the Declaration of Independence, no small input to the formation of our nation. He actually was serving as an ambassador to France at the time of the Constitutional Convention. Re the voracity of snopes, some guy named Dan Evon posted his convoluted view on how the two CA laws function, loading up on half-truths. He is entitled to his own views, but not his own facts. Although neither individually allows for voting by illegals, their synergy provides for that result.… Read more »

David C
David C

“Re the voracity of snopes, some guy named Dan Evon posted his convoluted view on how the two CA laws function, loading up on half-truths. He is entitled to his own views, but not his own facts. Although neither individually allows for voting by illegals, their synergy provides for that result. ” Then actually show how that happens, and demonstrate that noncitizens have been registered to vote. Otherwise, you’re inventing a loophole that doesn’t exist. It isn’t happening, and it certainly isn’t happening by the “millions.” Their synergy has provided for no such thing. As the articles linked to by… Read more »

David C
David C

1 county: Fulton The overall numbers obscure the fact that one county gave Carmichael his edge. Without Fulton in the popular vote totals, Talmadge leads in the rest of the state combined by more than 23,000 popular votes. Exactly the reason the founding fathers created the County Unit – to prevent any hugely populated county from ever over-ruling the combined votes of all the rest of the state. That possibility was what almost kept Georgia from being formed, until the county unit preventive measure was formed. And thanks to Rivers and O’Kelley being on the ballot and peeling off votes,… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

So has Trump paid the $25M for Trump University fraud yet, and how’s that investigation of his self-dealing foundation going?

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

It is about respect. Donald Trump has no respect for anyone unless they are making him money, or more likely – getting him out of debt. Trump ran a campaign on vile, nasty, personal attacks against Little Marco, Crooked Hillary, Lyin” Ted and Lyin’ Ted’s family and many more. He berated individuals and groups of millions in the dead of night on twitter and before the cameras. His followers harassed and threatened his individual targets directly and indirectly. They continue to be empowered by his ‘win’ to attack others and their equal rights as citizens. The media gleefully put Trump’s… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

I don’t know if I’ve ever agreed more with a post on this site. Both are in the wrong, for now. If Trump doesn’t break out of his bombastic campaign mode and become more presidential then his election could prove to be a disaster for Republicans, but even worse, a disaster for the country. I’ve mentioned the tweets before but it is all of the off-the-cuff commentary from the soon to be narcissist in charge. I’m sure he is accustomed to being surrounded by nothing but sycophants but politics requires a thicker skin because you are damn well going to… Read more »

Bart
Bart

How does diplomacy work Will?

Announcing ficticious red lines? Drone bombing civilians? Leaving Americans behind when terrorists attack? Trading terrorists for AWOL deserters? Releasing terrorists from incarceration? Attempting to influence foreign elections in allied countries? Selling access for donations to personal ‘charities’? Ignoring border security? Ignoring blatant cyber attacks? Ignoring trade agreement violations? Invading non-threatening countries? Please tell me how these diplomacy actions have benefited America.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Deflect much? I was speaking to the love being shown to Putin by Trump. It’s starting to get that fishy smell. You want to talk about invading non-threatening countries let’s talk about Crimea and Ukraine, little green men, MH370… According to Trump lackey Jack Kingston we are now supposed to let bygones be bygones and embrace the bear. And speaking to the UK and German press that NATO is obsolete prior to even getting in the gate is certainly not being diplomatic or presidential. Ditto on expressing a love for Brexit which was not received well by the rest of… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As a lawyer, I’m insulted by your comments. I spent a lot of money and 3 years of my life to learn how to avoid liability for things….

Will Durant
Will Durant

“It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

Noway2016
Noway2016

Lewis told Meet the Press this would be the first inaugural he’d miss sunce he arrived in Congress. But, he missed W’s too. Did he just forget that?

augusta52
augusta52

Donald, come on…Lewis a person of no action? How else could his 5th District have gotten the “trolley folly”? you know, the overpriced trolley in downtown Atlanta that hardly carries anyone?