John Lewis’ record on Civil Rights is undeniably outstanding, and worthy of praise, but that doesn’t mean that nobody has a right to criticize the man – especially after he criticizes your first.
The media is freaking out over Trump attacking Lewis, purposefully neglecting that this was AFTER Lewis had said that he doesn’t believe Trump is a “legitimate” president and won’t be attending his inaugural. Is Trump not allowed to respond to those attacks simply because Lewis did admirable things in the past? Of course not!
Among the best responses to Lewis’ comments came from Trump’s toned-down counterpart: Mike Pence. As the Daily Mail reported:
Pence appeared on Fox News on Sunday morning, and was forced to answer questions from veteran host Chris Wallace about whether Trump’s were fair – given Lewis’ work over decades.
I think Donald Trump has the right to defend himself,’ Pence said to kick off his response.
‘When someone of John Lewis’ stature, someone who is not only an icon in the civil rights movement but also someone who by virtue of his sacrifice on that day that we know as Bloody Sunday, he crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge and it was through that the Voting Rights Act itself – for someone of his stature to use terms like, ‘this is not a legitimate president’, it’s just deeply disappointing to me.
‘And I hope he reconsiders.’