Will America inaugurate an illegitimate president? Rep John Lewis says doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate president”

john-lewis-says-he-doesnt-see-trump-as-legitimate-presidentRep John Lewis is a Civil Rights icon, a man of stature and he is saying he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a legitimate president.

What was revealed in that briefing? Some Dems are shook, outraged, confidence gone.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he does not believe Donald Trump is a “legitimate president,” citing Russian interference in last year’s election.

Asked whether he would try to forge a relationship with the president-elect, Lewis said that he believes in forgiveness, but added, “it’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”

When pressed to explain why, he cited allegations of Russian hacks during the campaign that led to the release of internal documents from the Democratic National Committee, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign co-chairman, John Podesta.

“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis told NBC News’ Chuck Todd.

Trump appeared to acknowledge this week that Russia did engage in hacking during the campaign, but he has vigorously argued that any foreign interference had no impact on the election’s outcome.

The long-serving Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader also said that he would not attend President-elect Trump’s swearing-in. “I don’t plan to attend the inauguration. It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”

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92 Responses to Will America inaugurate an illegitimate president? Rep John Lewis says doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate president”

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  2. eliihass says:

    Sorry, the BBC link I posted won’t play in the U.S…here’s a link that works here..

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  3. eliihass says:

    Must watch SG…the BBC is doing the work our media refuse to do..

    I think this might need its own thread..

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08bls3s

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  11. DAMN!

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  13. Sellout who only thinks of himself. Everyone else be damned. Self serving opportunist!

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  19. Ametia says:

    WHYY I IT HARD FOR AMERICA TO HIGHLIGHT THI FUCKER FOR THE FRAUD HE IS?

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  28. Thug behavior

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    • Ametia says:

      LOL OOOPS! SHE GOT WOKE

      Seriously, Jennifer, the very thought of you even asking why not accept the invitation in the first place, , consider it, then and accepting the damn thing. SHEESH.

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    • eliihass says:

      But only because the LGBT community threatened to boycott her..

      Didn’t care as a black woman…especially as a black woman of a certain age…

      Didn’t care about normalizing such evil as a decent human being period…

      But, going against the LGBT community …that did it for her..

      My people, my people…

      “…Jennifer Holliday has reversed a decision to perform at an inaugural concert on Thursday for President-elect Donald Trump, after a backlash when she was among the entertainers on the bill.

      In an open letter, Holliday apologized to the LGBT community for originally agreeing to perform. She received a backlash after it was announced that she would attend, and defended her decision in series of interviews throughout the day.

      “I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country,” she said in the letter, first obtained by The Wrap.

      “Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.”

      “I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans,” she wrote.

      Other performers scheduled to perform include Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood.

      Read Holliday’s full letter below sent to Variety by her publicist:

      TO MY BELOVED LGBT COMMUNITY:

      Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. I was asked to sing a song for what was presented to me as the “Welcome Concert For The People”–

      In my mind I was reflecting on the past times of being asked to sing for presidents and I only focused on the phrase “For The People”… I thought, For America! I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

      In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, My only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!

      I Sincerly apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every american at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans. Please know that I HEAR YOU and I feel your pain. The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you… You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star had long since faded.

      Thank you for communicating with me, I had no idea that I still meant so much to all of you. Thank you for your posted comments both the good supportive ones as well as the ugly hurtful ones.

      With LOVE & Appreciation,
      JENNIFER HOLLIDAY
      “The Original DreamGirl”

      http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/jennifer-holliday-donald-trump-inauguration-1201960664/#respond

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      lemme finnih the question above:

      …that if he were even capable of doing something about these issues didn’t, wouldn’t or couldn’t do something about these thing in the PAT 8 FUCKING YEARS with PBO?

      THERE, FIXED!

      WAITS FOR ANSWER, MR. HARVEY

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  35. Typical white trash. This is when you know John Lewis is kicking your ass 40 ways to Sunday.

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  36. #TrumpNotLegitimate #NotMyPresident Not Now! Not EVER!

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  37. You can’t have it both ways, America. You can’t inaugurate an illegitimate president and then speaks about democracy out of the same mouth.

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  39. America is dealing with a dangerous mofo. The thug can’t be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office. Leaders of America must stop this NOW!

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  40. America, you cannot inaugurate an illegitimate president & still claim democracy. Do not inaugurate until an investigation has taken place.

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  43. The FRAUD attacking Civil Rights icon #JohnLewis is THUG behavior. #illegitimatePresident

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  48. John Lewis, Freedom Rider, All Talk No Action?

    Fuck all the way outta here Donald Trump

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  49. All talk and no action?

    John Lewis head still bandaged up from a beating but still riding that bus to freedom

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  51. eliihass says:

    It’ll be curious to see which members of the Senate and House Democrats stay away from the inauguration…and the ones who do the 3 step confuse, distract, sneak and pretzel twist dance…

    It’ll be especially curious to see if those token ‘black’ ones handpicked and propelled into the Senate by the establishment …the ones who invoke the Civil Rights movement when it suits their purposes…and when they need something from black folks…like their votes…the ones who always slinker away when the going gets tough…or when they don’t think it’s popular or good for their ‘presidential aspirations’ to speak up least of all do sh*t….the ones who are constantly scheming and shining up their fakery and contrived and transparent hustle…as they seek to advance themselves by once again conning black voters to help boost their self-serving Oval Office ambitions…I’ll be curious to see how they alternately slinker and tweet corny, faux-righteous crap…

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  56. To allow Trump to be inaugurated & take the office of the presidency doesn’t cut it.The election wasn’t fair. It’s not democracy.DO IT OVER!

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  57. eliihass says:

    Reposting…

    Steve Harvey says that his visit with the buffoon is him “…following President Obama’s urging to get involved..”. LOL…

    Right..

    I saw this coming fam…I knew that so many of these shameless hustlers and grifters and cowardly opportunists were looking for how to exploit the President’s required gracious words and traditional courtesy to his white supremacist successor, to advance their own grift …and to begin to ingratiate themselves with and normalize the racist buffoon – and only so they can freely socialize with him once again, as many of them used to even as he propagated the birther lies …

    And yet John Lewis somehow managed to miss the memo Steve Harvey got about schmoozing the birther-in-chief who surrounded by the vilest white supremacists, is already brazenly dismantling every progress and civil rights advancement ever made…while demanding that celebrities come legitimize him…even as he has made it clear that they are only for his entertainment and to elevate him as something special…and in no way impact the destructive white supremacist and greed agenda he and his party and his cronies …and the added Putin/Russia interests, he’s already pursuing and intends to continue to pursue…

    This man long showed us who he is, and even as he did, and even as he pushed the birther lies, so many black celebrities continued to schmooze him…

    The idea that some are still so eager to get back to it, but now, under the guise of ‘heeding the call’ of the same President he endlessly tried to deligitimize …is completely laughable…especially as we all know too well, that none of these black celebrities pushed back at the time…

    It’s shameful..

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    • eliihass says:

      I have never been prouder of him…

      Now, he must hold his ground…and not allow anyone persuade him to take back his true and vitally important and much-needed words…much needed in the face of so much cowardice by others …and so much shirking of responsibility to protect the vulnerable and our union from the madness…to do what’s right and what’s best and what matters most…that the birther-in-chief white supremacist…aided, installed and controlled by Putin, must not be normalized, legitimized or elevated…especially not by black folks…or any righteous, well-meaning people of goodwill for that matter…

      Deny the megalomaniac any oxygen..

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  63. If @TheDemocrats are outraged & have no confidence in James Comey then the public has no confidence in his handling of Darren Wilson & GZ case. Reopen those cases.

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