Over the weekend and just before Martin Luther King Day, President-elect Donald Trump got into a feud with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon who is widely respected among both parties in Congress. On Friday, Lewis said in an interview that Trump was not “a legitimate president” because Russia interfered to help elect Trump.
On Saturday, Trump fired back by saying in a tweet that Lewis is “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” and that “Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S.”
Trump’s strained relationship with blacks goes back at least several decades. In 1989, he urged the death penalty for five black and Hispanic teenagers who were accused of raping a woman in Central Park; to push his view, Trump even took out a full-page ad in New York newspapers. When these young men were later exonerated, Trump still maintained that they were “guilty of something.”
Donald Trump now says that once he is sworn into office, he will teach John Lewis and other blacks a lesson on how to solve inner city problems. Trump says:
Right now, our inner cities are burning and infested with crime because of Lewis and Obama. But very soon I will fix all inner city problems.
Only I can fix our inner cities because I will punish all people who are guilty of something. My gut tells me that many black people are guilty of something because why else they wouldn’t like me so much?!
And I’ve also got Steve Bannon and other huge experts on the problems of inner cities and black people, and they are telling me that being guilty of something is a very popular pastime among blacks. And Mexicans.
All of it will change very soon. I will fix all of it. And once black people stop being guilty of something our inner cities will become great again.
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