The essence of the greater issue is:
“…the existential crisis Trump’s elevation poses to our faltering democracy”
– quote taken from “Democratics Should follow John Lewis` lead” by Michelle Goldberg, Slate Magazine.
The details of the exchange are the video above and Trump’s responses quoted below. I disagree with both men, only in part with Congressman John Lewis but vehemently with Trump. However the venerable John Lewis is not to be disrespected or disregarded. Especially by such a dishonorable creature as Donald Trump. That is a huge error on Donald Trump’s part. I think he’s finally about to learn a lesson.
Trump again egregiously comports himself without honor, again bereft of facts**(see below). His attacks on Congressman John Lewis’ governance and leadership are unsubstantiated racist generalizations. Disturbing on several levels. John Lewis is an icon, an historic figure that represents a righteous struggle, a people, and self-sacrificing conviction. I deeply regret that John Lewis has witnessed and must be exposed to a Trump presidency in his lifetime. John Lewis is not responsible for the American “inner-cities”. We all are. But in Trump’s world view it is so because John Lewis is a black congressman and leader. That is where I am most disturbed. If that is Trump’s view then his willful disrespect takes on a much greater, broader, significance.
I still cannot believe Donald Trump won the election. What was once unfathomable is now history. The Democratic Party undercut all candidates in her favor, it’s documented. That Trump benefitted by the exposure of actual records by a foriegn government or any source, not fabrications, is regrettable but his win is legitimate so far. Hilliary Clinton was a morally and legally flawed candidate. Both sides of the political establishment worked hard for and against her. Trump did not collude with the Russians, he didn’t have to. Hillary Clinton is a sworn and an active enemy against Vladmir Putin, I do not doubt his part in the attempts to undermind the electon through swaying public opinion. I do blame the FBI director for the critically timed, publicly premature, and ultimately false, allegations against Hillary Clinton. She had a clear surge of momentum that was decimated. So I disagree only in part with John Lewis in that as a basis to not attend the inauguration. John Lewis has unshakeable belief in the American people. He can’t see that much of this country is as idiotic as Trump is, populist fodder permeates the entire political spectrum. Mass herds of cattle that stampede on cue without reasoning.
From the Washington Post:
“Trump tweeted that 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 incoming president added: “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
Trump continued to jab Lewis on Saturday night, charging that the congressman “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 tweeted.”
“Trump’s assertion that Lewis’ district is “falling apart” and “crime infested” is hard to back up with facts.
**Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, which includes the Atlanta metro region, is considered one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas, although its crime and poverty rates are higher than the national average.
The district has an 8.2 percent unemployment rate and the median household income is about $48,000, according to the Census Bureau.
The area also covers part of the upscale Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead, along with the headquarters for Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, Emory University, Georgia Tech, several historically black colleges and universities and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the world’s busiest.”