Georgia Rep. John Lewis and President-elect Donald Trump have been sparring with each other in recent days, following Lewis’ stunning declaration that he didn’t view Trump as a “legitimate” president.
Lewis and several other Democrat lawmakers will be skipping the inauguration ceremony because they don’t like Trump. However, a little less than a year ago, Lewis was singing a different tune about the presidency, CNBC reported.
In an interview with CNBC before Martin Luther King Day in 2016, Lewis spoke about President Barack Obama and how Lewis thought Republicans had treated Obama badly because of his race.
“There have been visible signs of disrespect for the man. And I’ve always said if you don’t respect the man, respect the position,” he said.
Even though it’s been less than a year, Lewis seems to have completely forgotten his remarks. He was more than happy to defend the office of the presidency when Obama was in it, but he seems content to insult the entire office now that someone he doesn’t like is going to be occupying it.
Lewis has done many wonderful things in the field of civil rights; there’s no denying that. However, just like most Democrat politicians, he can be a real hypocrite.
Rather than skipping Trump’s inauguration and declaring that Trump isn’t the legitimate president, Lewis should actually sit down with the man in private and talk about what is bothering him.
If Lewis actually had any respect for the office of the president, he wouldn’t simply bandy about terms like “illegitimate” because he felt like it; he would try to talk to Trump privately before holding a public trial.
Trump and Lewis may never agree on everything, but maybe if they worked together and stopped this back-and-forth they could improve race relations in this country. Trump’s outreach to minorities is a matter of record. The ball’s in your court, Rep. Lewis.
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