By Marina Troy
President-elect Donald Trump has engaged in an ill-advised war of words with civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis. Trump took offense when Lewis declared that he was not a “legitimate president” and would boycott the inauguration. Several Democrats have followed suit. Trump responded by saying Lewis, who marched alongside Martin Luther King, was “all talk” and disparaged Lewis’ downtown Atlanta district as “crime infested.”
Naturally, the backlash against Trump has been fierce. Residents of Lewis’ congressional district posted pictures showing their middle-class neighborhood. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution dedicated a whole page to the backlash against Trump. And the NAACP has called on Trump to apologize to Lewis.
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However, some Republicans are supporting Trump.
White nationalist group, the National White Alliance, has rushed to Trump’s defense.
“How dare this uppity negro insult the president of the United States?” said Brian Blanc, president of the National White Alliance, in a press release. “All Lewis ever did is get in the way of police a baton and disturb the peace.”
Lewis was also attacked by Tommy Hunter, a commissioner in Gwinnett County, Ga.
“John Lewis is a racist pig. There ain’t one political pundit that didn’t say on November 9 that this would be Demonrats EXACT response to Trump winning…” said Hunter, in a Facebook post that was later deleted. The post was saved in a screenshot and widely shared. Hunter is now facing calls for his resignation.