Chuck Todd and NBC are rejoicing in the turbulence created during Todd’s interview with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) on Friday. The interview came on the heels of a 90-minute closed door briefing with members of Congress earlier in the day during which FBI Directory Comey “refused to clarify” whether his agency is investigating President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Comey’s “lack of candor” angered legislators; most notably Rep. Lewis.
“I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. I don’t plan to attend the inauguration. It would be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in the Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong. I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process,” Lewis said.
This is the same kind of divisive rhetoric that Democrats hated under Obama.
Congressman Lewis said he doesn't see Trump as a legitimate POTUS. In fairness, at 75 years young, he doesn't see much of anything anymore.— Josh Earnst (@NotJoshEarnest) January 14, 2017
Lewis voted for Hillary Clinton who labeled African-American youth as “superpredators” when referring to “gangs of kids” in the midst of championing husband Bill’s 1994 crime legislation.
Remember to always use the words "respected icon" when referring to this misguided political hack. It's the law.#johnLewis pic.twitter.com/zamzJN3PtE— THIS JUST IN... (@weknowwhatsbest) January 14, 2017
Lewis is notorious for endlessly spewing the same tired dog whistle mantra of racism expecting everyone to acquiesce because he’s a civil rights “icon”. Lewis has managed to wrap himself in anger with a heavy dash of hate.
In October of 2008 Lewis accused John McCain and Sarah Palin of stoking hate exclaiming, "What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse."
“As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all," Lewis said. "They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better.” His full statement can be seen here.
McCain responded, "I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I've always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my character and the character of the thousands of hardworking Americans who come to our events to cheer for the kind of reform that will put America on the right track," the GOP nominee said in a statement this afternoon.”
He added, "I call on Senator Obama to immediately and personally repudiate these outrageous and divisive comments that are so clearly designed to shut down debate 24 days before the election. Our country must return to the important debate about the path forward for America.”
Kevin Jackson, proprietor of The Black Sphere posited this thought: “Fools like Lewis have outlived their usefulness for black people, and he demonstrates just how badly he has sold out to the Democrats. The Congressional Black Circus hasn’t helped blacks in any meaningful way, since its inception. In fact, the CBC has made black Leftists the weakest whiners on the planet.”
Lewis cannot be held solely accountable for perpetuating this nonsense about Granny Clinton losing the election due to Russian meddling. I hold an equal amount of revulsion for #NeverTrumpers like Mitt Romney, Bill Kristol, Jonah Goldberg and others, but my greatest ire is directed toward John McCain who admitted he gave an unverified, error-riddled “dossier” detailing claims of Russian blackmail to the FBI.
Watching our intelligence chiefs and McCain trying to blacken Trump's name by means of a sleazy, unverified report about golden showers in a Moscow hotel, is particularly ignoble.
The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post have been baying for Trump's blood. Not since World War II has the media so dramatically dropped its mask of ersatz impartiality to reveal its true political agenda.
Our intelligence agencies are a vital component of national security which has become our new state religion. But in true bureaucratic form they have become bloated, redundant and self-perpetuating. They need to be booted out of politics.
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