Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has been a civil rights activist his entire life. Once regarded as a hero, he seems to have become a partisan hack. He earned headlines all weekend by saying this would be the first time he has missed an inaguration since being in Congress, because he doesn’t believe President-elect Donald Trump is a “legitimate President.”
But he was just exposed! Lewis has been caught lying, as he pulled this same stunt for former President George W. Bush.
As The Washington Post reported in 2001:
It ain’t easy. Many Democrats are still ornery. Post-election recount blahs. Supreme Court bitterness.
“It’s kind of gloomy,” says Rep. John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat who is dean of the Congressional Black Caucus. He boards the Capitol’s underground subway en route to the swearing-in, then pulls a black ribbon from his suit pocket. “I’ve got a little pin to put on.” It’s a CBC protest pin. There’s a small piece of paper attached: This ribbon represents the fact that the will of the people was not honored in the 2000 presidential election. That’s how John Conyers feels about George W. Bush’s big moment. “But we’ve got to keep on fighting,” he adds.
Some members of the Black Caucus decided to boycott Inauguration Day; John Lewis, for instance, spent the day in his Atlanta district. He thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in because he doesn’t believe Bush is the true elected president.
But the way Conyers figured it, as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, he has to work closely with the Republicans. Better to attend the swearing-in and then “welcome all of my people from Detroit who have come to protest.”
Lewis is disgracefully using his connection to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the hisotoric civil rights movement to smear Donald Trump, even after the Democrat Party has failed inner-city communities for decades.
Lewis has used the legacy of the civil rights movement to become a rich influence peddler. Now he has been exposed.
Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017