Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Reason #5396 Trump Was Elected

There were a lot of contenders for this honor today, but without a doubt, the prize has to go to Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), who famously said on one of the Sunday talk shows that he did not consider Donald Trump to be a legitimately elected President (elect), and that he was boycotting the inauguration using the supposed release of DNC and John Podesta's email as an excuse.

This was widely touted in the media as a brave and unprecedented protest against their oppressor, but it turns out that Lewis also said the G. W. Bush was illegitimately elected and boycotted his inauguration. Apparently, he just doesn't approve of white Republicans in general.

Trump, of course, responded to the gentle nudge with overwhelming negativity, pointing out that Lewis' district was poor and mismanaged, and that perhaps his time would, indeed, be better of spent managing the true needs of his constituents. Or you could look at it that way. . .

Then, of course, the MSM went off on Trump for having the temerity to talk back to Lewis. Even some Trump supporters thought he might have been better off leaving that one alone on the day before Columbus Martin Luther King Day.
On the other hand, this looks like a pure trap by the Democrats, one into which Trump blithely walked. They know that Trump can’t help but respond with personal-tinged attacks when he’s criticized in public, so they put their civil-rights icon on stage to attack Trump’s illegitimacy on the weekend before Martin Luther King Day. All that’s missing is Admiral Akbar spotting the Imperial forces swarming around the Death Star — and yet Trump didn’t see it coming. Instead of pointing out the continuing Democratic hypocrisy on election and legitimacy, Trump attacked Lewis personally. Voila! Democrats got the media narrative they wanted coming into MLK Day, and the media got the excuse they needed to put Team Trump on the defensive.
To which I would respond that Trump didn't get elected for turning his cheek.

And not all civil right figures agree with Lewis. When asked, begged, cajoled for an anti-Trump. Martin Luther King III refused, and in fact, had a meeting with the Donald at which he cited as very constructive. And Alveda King, Martin III's cousin not only supported Trump in the election, she voted for him and admitted to it in public:
Ms. King said Monday on “Fox & Friends” that she admires Mr. Lewis’ “legendary legacy” of civil rights and believes he can help America by working with the president.

Mr. Trump, I voted for him, I understood what he meant when he says let’s roll up our sleeves together, and we can do that,” she said.
John Lewis is a genuine civil rights hero, from the days of Selma, Alabama, but he hasn't done much since then except parrot the Democratic line, and falsely accuse Tea Party protesters of using the "n-word" and spitting on him at a Capitol Hill protest. As John McCain and Bob Dole might tell you, even if it risked helping Donald Trump, hero status only goes so far in quelling criticism of your policy choices. Look, if you don't want to go to the inauguration, don't go. I'm not big on ceremony and parties, either, especially for people I don't like. Go fishing, or see you grand kids or something. We understand. But challenging the legitimacy of the election because you don't like the results makes you smaller and less heroic.

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