Trump, in two consecutive Twitter posts, said Lewis "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in awful shape and falling apart [not to.mention crime infested] rather than falsely complaining about the election results".
Saturday morning, Trump tweeted that Lewis is "all talk" and "no action"-which many begged to differ with". This will be the first presidential inauguration he misses since he began serving in Congress three decades ago. Lewis has served in Congress since 1987.
Lewis' metropolitan Atlanta district covers predominantly black communities as well as historically black colleges, including Morehouse and Spelman.
"Are you a resident of John Lewis' #fifthdistrict?" The Civil Rights Movement icon made the bold claim that the election was tampered with by Russian interference and hacking, which he thinks derailed Hillary Clinton's road to the White House.
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So it's only natural that Lewis would feel threatened by a Trump presidency that could turn back the clock on hard-fought civil rights victories. She scolded him for his "despicable" comment and said it wasn't Russian Federation that took down Clinton's flawed campaign. And Trump's Democratic challenger, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, said they'd come to Washington for the event, joining two fellow former presidents, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Jimmy Carter.
In 2007, Trump himself planned to build a Trump Towers Atlanta in Lewis' district, which includes all of Midtown and downtown Atlanta. "It's like, 'Really?'" said Jennifer Holliday, who backed out of a commitment to perform at Trump's inauguration Saturday.
Despite Lewis being a revered figure in the US's struggle for racial equality, Trump chose to attack him on Twitter.
The last part didn't sit well with Democratic lawmakers, some who noted that Trump was ripping the black congressman - the son of Southern sharecroppers whose fight against segregation and as an original Freedom Rider is well-documented - on the weekend ahead of the King holiday.
"For me, the personal decision not to attend the Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis?".
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