President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to bite back at an long-serving congressman refusing to attend the inauguration, calling the Civil Rights leader “sad” and “all talk” on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.
“Congressman John 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,” he tweeted just after 8 a.m. Saturday.
“All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!” he added.
Lewis — a Democrat from Georgia who was brutally beaten during Civil Rights marches in the 1960s — announced Friday that he will not attend Trump’s inauguration, saying he doesn’t believe the President-elect is a genuine leader.
“I don’t see this President-elect as a legitimate president,” he said on “Meet the Press,” citing allegations that Trump-favoring Russian operatives hacked the election.
Lewis has represented Georgia’s 5th congressional district for three decades. His constituency, which includes most of Atlanta and some of its suburbs, is about 60% black, according to 2015 American Community Survey data.
He was first elected in 1986, and most recently lead a sit-in on the House floor, in which Democrats demanded a vote on gun-safety legislation following Orlando’s Pulse nightclub mass shooting in June.
In the 1960s, Lewis worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and other prominent Civil Rights activists. He helped organize the 1963 March on Washington. In 1965, he was severely beaten by Alabama State Troopers during the “Bloody Sunday” Selma-to-Montgomery marches.