Responding to John Lewis’ criticism of President-elect Donald Trump, Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday said that the civil-rights icon needs to revisit the history.
The controversial Republican governor told Maine radio station WVOM that Lewis should offer “a simple thank-you” to white presidents from the 1800s who worked to end slavery and served in the Reconstruction period, Business Insider reported.
“How about John Lewis last week — criticizing the president,” LePage said. “You know, I will just say this: John Lewis ought to look at history. It was Abraham Lincoln that freed the slaves. It was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant that fought against Jim Crow laws. A simple thank-you would suffice.”
Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia, late last week criticized Trump, saying that the billionaire an illegitimate president. Talking to NBC’s Chuck Todd, the congressman said that Trump won the elections with the help of Russians, and he would not be attend the presidential inauguration this week.
“The Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis said. He participated in the famous Freedom Rides and fought against segregation in the South alongside Martin Luther King Jr.
According to the media report, Lewis made a similar claim of illegitimacy against President George W. Bush. He did not attend Bush’s inauguration.
On Saturday-morning, Trump called Lewis an “all talk, talk, talk — no action” politician.
“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,” the President-elect tweeted. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!”
Lewis “should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!” Trump said.
Again on Tuesday morning, Trump made a Twitter attack on Lewis, mentioning that the congressman previously boycotted Bush’s inauguration.
“John Lewis said about my inauguration, ‘It will be the first one that I’ve missed.’ WRONG (or lie)!” Trump tweeted. “He boycotted Bush 43 also because he…’ thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in….he doesn’t believe Bush is the true elected president.’ Sound familiar!”
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