In his interview, Lewis, who has been in Congress for 30 years, said next week will be the first time he has not attended a presidential inauguration since he first came to Congress.
Lewis is a longtime Georgia Democrat who has marched for freedom with Dr. Martin Luther King, took part in peaceful sit-ins at "white-only" counters during segregation, marched in Selma and was photographed being brutally beaten and arrested in 1965 by Alabama police during non-violent protests - infamously called "Bloody Sunday". It's going to be hard.
Trump's Twitter comments about the Georgia congressman came in response to Lewis' assertion in an interview Friday that he did not see Trump as a "legitimate" president because of Russian involvement in the defeat of his opponent, Hillary Clinton. "I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton".
So it's only natural that Lewis would feel threatened by a Trump presidency that could turn back the clock on hard-fought civil rights victories. Democrats, celebrities and even some Republicans weighed in.
So you can imagine the president-elect suggesting Lewis is all talk and no action didn't go over well with some people. He personally believes that the election was legitimate, but "tainted".
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Despite Lewis being a revered figure in the US's struggle for racial equality, Trump chose to attack him on Twitter. And a majority of voters said she was a liar. No one trusted her.
In 2007, Trump himself planned to build a Trump Towers Atlanta in Lewis' district, which includes all of Midtown and downtown Atlanta.
"Trump surrogate and former WH political director under Ronal Reagan, Jeffrey Lord, acknowledged Lewis" heroism.
Of course, President Obama will attend the ceremony. Trump will be inaugurated on Friday.
Televised images of the assaults shocked millions of Americans and galvanized Congress to approve the Voting Rights Act, which helped African-Americans overcome legal barriers to the right to vote.
"For me, the personal decision not to attend the Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis?".
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