The ongoing feud between Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis took yet another turn when the president-elect accused the civil rights icon of lying when he said Trump’s inauguration would be the first he would not attend.
Apparently, the Democratic congressman also boycotted George W. Bush's presidential inauguration 16 years ago.
And Trump, eager to divert the conversation from Lewis’ stance against bigotry, didn’t fail to point this fact out.
“I think he just grandstanded, John Lewis, and then he got caught in a very bad lie,” Trump stated during an interview on Fox News’ “The Five.”
The real-estate mogul also posted two tweets:
John Lewis said about my inauguration, "It will be the first one that I've missed." WRONG (or lie)! He boycotted Bush 43 also because he...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017
"thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in....he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president." Sound familiar! WP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017
While slamming Lewis on "The Five," Trump said: “How do you forget if you go to an inauguration? I can tell you when I was at the inaugurations. And you don't forget something like that.”
Trump clearly trusts his memory. But why can’t he still recall which one of his feet got a bone spur when he dodged the Vietnam draft?
You don't forget something like that.
For the record, Lewis' office has acknowledged the fact that the congressman also skipped Bush's inauguration in 2001.
"His absence at that time was also a form of dissent," Lewis’ spokeswoman Brenda Jones told CBS News' Walt Cronkite in an email. "He did not believe the outcome of that election, including the controversies around the results in Florida and the unprecedented intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, reflected a free, fair and open democratic process.”
And let’s not forget, accusing someone of lying is a bit rich coming from Trump, who at one point during his presidential campaign lied 87 times in just five hours.
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