President-elect Donald Trump labeled a congressional district that sweeps through the heart of Atlanta as a “crime infested” area that is in “horrible shape” in an early-morning tweet Saturday aimed at one of his most outspoken Democratic critics.
The Republican was unloading at Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who has represented the Atlanta district since his 1986 election, after the civil rights icon made national headlines when he told NBC’s “Meet the Press”that he will skip Trump’s inauguration next week.
“Congressman John 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,” Trump said in a pair of Twitter messages ahead of the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations. “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
Lewis told the program he believes in forgiveness but that he doesn’t think he can stomach Trump’s presidency.
“I believe in trying to work with people,” he said. “It will be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”
Lewis also said he believes Russia President Vladimir Putin helped elect Trump.
“I think it was a conspiracy on part of the Russians and others to help him get elected,” he told MSNBC. “That’s not right, that’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open democratic process.”
Lewis has become one of the most vocal critics of Trump, vowing to resist his presidency. He testified this week against U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Trump’s nominee to be attorney general, and has urged Democrats to unite against his policies.