Mike Pence has defended Donald Trump as the controversy surrounding the president-elect’s attacks on civil rights icon John Lewis rages on.
Trump fired off a series of tweets insulting Lewis over the weekend, after the 76-year-old Georgia Congressman said in an interview last week he does not consider Trump to be a ‘legitimate president’.
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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.’
Pence then added Trump’s remarks were actually about, ‘literally generations of failed policies coming out of Washington DC’, and not Lewis specifically.
It comes after Trump tweeted on Saturday that Lewis ‘should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.’
The incoming president added: ‘All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!’
Trump has continued to use Twitter to attack his adversaries, just as he did throughout the campaign, and Georgia’s Democratic party took special offense to these tweets about Representative Lewis.
In a statement, the party said: ‘Donald Trump’s loathsome remarks on Congressman Lewis and the 5th District not only illustrate the President-elect’s classlessness – it further proves that Trump may be the most uneducated students of history to occupy the oval office.
‘Congressman John Lewis has dedicated his life to ensuring that the United States lives up to its greatest expectations through nonviolence and grassroots activism.
‘As a result of his and so many others’ sacrifices, our nation was transformed into a society where the scales of justice found more balance.
‘Congressman Lewis’ legacy came at a steep price – he was jailed and beaten and bloodied. But he never gave up. He never gave in. And we, as a nation are the beneficiaries of his commitment to getting into good trouble.’
Lewis is among the most revered leaders of the civil rights movement, and has devoted himself to promoting equal rights for African Americans.
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