Donald Trump took to Twitter — surprise! — on Saturday to slam Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat, for saying that he planned to skip Trump’s upcoming inauguration because he doesn’t consider Trump to be a “legitimate president.”
However ill-considered Trump felt Lewis’s comments to be, the president-elect might have done well to avoid hitting back on this particular weekend. Lewis is an icon of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, and Lewis famously marched with King into Selma, Alabama, in 1965 — enduring a brutal police beating and a cracked skull along the way.
Instead, of course, Trump tweeted that Lewis “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and is falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.” After a breather — and a wave of social media criticism of his remarks — Trump jumped back into the ring several hours later, tweeting that “John Lewis should focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S.”