Local Congressman defends civil rights leader criticized by President-elect Donald Trump

Trump tweeted on Saturday that Lewis "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district". For me, the personal decision not to attend Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis?

"It's shameful that Donald Trump would have more respect for Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation than an American hero like John Lewis", said Carbajal. His comments enraged many, who pointed out that Trump was insulting a civil rights leader during Martin Luther King Jr.

Priebus went on to explain that the "outrage" should be on Democratic congressmen like Lewis who question the American democratic process and Trump's election. "All have failed." Trump's transition team has reached out to the African American museum in Washington DC for a possible visit on MLK Day, but those plans have not been finalized just yet.

Lewis, a key figure from the 1960s civil rights movement, said on Friday that he will not be attending Trump's inauguration on 20 January because he does not consider him a "legitimate president".

Representative Kevin Yoder, a Republican from Kansas, said Lewis is a "hero & icon" although he disagrees with his questioning of the presidential election.

"I believe in forgiveness", he said.

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The exchange came two days before Monday's Martin Luther King holiday in the USA, honoring the slain civil-rights leader with whom Lewis worked closely in the 1960s.

In 1965, during the "Bloody Sunday" march at the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Ala., Lewis was clubbed so severely that his skull was fractured.

In a pair of tweets, Trump implied that Lewis was not doing enough work for his own constituents and should reexamine his priorities.

. "I think it was a conspiracy on part of the Russians and others to help him get elected".

"Today, Donald Trump attacked me on Twitter".

"All talk, talk, talk-no action or results", he wrote. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. "He deserves better than this". Trump responded with a low and racially tinged blow about the Democrat's "crime infested" district.

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