A number of Democrats have decided to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony following his widely criticized attack on Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) after he questioned Trump’s election win.
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
Two days after Trump attacked Lewis and Democrats openly expressing their solidarity with the civil rights hero, Martin Luther King III met the business mogul on his father’s birthday at the Trump Tower.
When asked if he was offended by president-elect’s comments on Lewis, MLK III casually told the reporters, “In the heat of emotion, a lot of things get said on both sides.”
“I think that at some point I am, as John Lewis and many others are, a bridge builder,” he added. “The goal is to bring American together and Americans, we are a great nation but we must become a greater nation. And what my father represented, my mother represented through her life, what I hope that I am trying to do is always bring people together.”
At this time, CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who is definitely not Trump’s favorite, pressed MLK III about Lewis’ record as a civil rights leader.
Acosta was told to not ask questions in president-elect’s first official news conference or else he would be thrown out.
“Isn’t there something that just cuts to your core when you hear the president-elect refer to John Lewis as ‘all talk and no action'? I mean, nothing could be further from the truth, isn’t that right? John Lewis is not ‘all talk and no action,'” he asked.
“Absolutely I would say John Lewis has demonstrated that he is action,” King responded. “As I said, things get said on both sides in the heat of emotion.”
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