January 30, 2017
Last week Democrat Congressman John Lewis launched into the president elect. “Donald Trump is an illegitimate president”, he told NBC’s, Chuck Todd. Lewis went on to say, “the Russians participated in helping this man get elected and helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
This wasn’t Lewis’s first objection to a Republican winning the White House.
As Austin Yack points out in National Review, a 2001 Washington Post article reported that John Lewis didn’t find George W. Bush a legitimate president either! He boycotted the Bush inauguration, opting to spend the day in Atlanta.
In fact, John Lewis has a record making up fallacious fantasies about Republicans even outside the Oval Office. In 2010, the Georgia congressman claimed that conservative Tea Party protesters had yelled the N-word at him. Despite the late Andrew Breitbart’s $10,000 cash reward for any evidence of the accusation – later bumped to a hundred thousand dollars – nothing ever turned up.
And as reported by Erick Erickson at The Resurgent, John Lewis has compared Republicans to the “dogs and water hoses” he experienced in the 1950’s during the Civil Rights Movement.
So naturally, the President-elect took to Twitter, responding to John Lewis’s latest divisive claims that he’s an “illegitimate president”.
@realDonaldTrump — 7:50 AM – 14 Jan 2017
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to……
@realDonaldTrump — 8:07 AM – 14 Jan 2017
mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!
First, Donald Trump’s response was entirely appropriate. He didn’t reciprocate Lewis’s absurd derision in questioning his legitimacy as an elected official and representative of the American people. He told him to forget about the election results and do his job.
The second point worth noting is that a report from earlier this month backs up Trump’s claim. The left-leaning Atlantic reported, “… [Georgia] had the highest unemployment rate in the nation in August, September, and October. With a November rate of 7.2 percent, the state was narrowly edged out by Mississippi’s 7.3 percent (December statistics won’t come out until mid-January). “
Normally, this wouldn’t be a huge deal. Several other Democrats have echoed similar sentiments and publicly stated their boycott of the inauguration. In fact, liberals recite the phrase, “Hillary is flawless, she won the popular vote, Russia hacked the election” practically every morning as if it’s a prayer. They’ve all however failed to capture media headlines.
John Lewis’s comments on the other hand, were taken by the mainstream media as gospel truth. When Trump responded, the left collectively jumped to Lewis’s defense, and claimed that Donald Trump has no right to respond critically to the congressman.
Massachusetts’ Democrat Senator, Elizabeth Warren sounded off, “Trump Hasn’t Put His Life on the Line For Anyone”.
CNN’s Sally Kohn said “Attacking John Lewis is a low to which I didn’t think even Donald Trump could stoop.”
The New York Times printed, “In Trump’s Feud with John Lewis, Blacks Perceive a Callous Rival”
And The Washington Post ran the headline, “In feud with John Lewis, Donald Trump attacked ‘one of the most respected people in America’”
The reason for all this is that John Lewis has a record in the civil rights movement. Standing alongside Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis was one of the “Big Six” Organizers of the 1963 march on Washington. His actions led to many civil rights advancements in the United States including desegregation and voting rights.
By all accounts, John Lewis is a noteworthy figure in the Civil Rights movement. There’s no argument refuting his accomplishments in that regard.
But how does this give him infallibility in questioning Trump’s legitimacy as a president?
Democrats along with the mainstream media are holding up Lewis’s civil rights record as a political shield to deflect questions like, “what verified evidence do you have that Russians ‘hacked the election’?” The immediate response from the left is, “do you know what John Lewis did in the civil rights movement? Did you march alongside Martin Luther King? Didn’t think so!”
Apparently, Lewis’s past work and accomplishments in furthering voting rights gives him a free pass to tell 62 million Americans that the man they voted for, and elected president is “illegitimate”. Wow!
John Lewis isn’t the first human shield Democrats have hidden behind to attack Donald Trump.
Remember the Khan family?
Back in July of 2016, Khizr Khan – the Gold-Star father of a Muslim US soldier killed in Afghanistan – launched into Trump for his proposed temporary halt on Muslim immigration.
Once Trump responded to Khan’s personal attack on him, the media piled on. Apparently because Donald Trump and any of his kids hadn’t served in the army, he wasn’t allowed to propose immigration laws that Khan (and virtually Democrat) disagreed with.
The media proceeded to wield Khan as their political prop with which to deflect any arguments made for Trump’s immigration policies – despite how well they actually resonated with voters.
Attempts to suggest crazy ideas like, “Khan’s son dying in a tour of duty doesn’t grant you rights to dictate immigration policy” were met with the New York Times’ Democrat cheerleading, “Donald Trump Criticizes Muslim Family of Slain U.S. Soldier, Drawing Ire”
As Ann Coulter put it, “They [the media and political class] had to produce a victim to make their argument, in order to block any response.”
But if this is seriously how Democrats want to play, let’s entertain their proposal. Only individuals with untarnished records standing up for civil rights and moral principles – meaning not comparing Republicans to the racist Democrats of the 1950’s, sorry John Lewis! – are allowed to comment, and have the final say on a President’s legitimacy and policy platform.
So, who has a spotless record in congress, along with a long history of successful civil rights achievements: desegregating schools, financially decimating the Ku Klux Klan, and personally seeing to it that a key figurehead of their racist movement is executed? Someone get our new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions on the phone.