You can add Al Sharpton's name to the list of leading Democrats openly questioning the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump's administration before it officially begins.
Sharpton, appearing on MSNBC Monday, declared that there's "no question" that the electoral process that Trump won was not "legitimate."
Sharpton's reasoning? Russia, of course.
"I think that there’s no question that the process that elected him was not legitimate," Sharpton claimed on "Meet the Press Daily."
"When you look at the new evidence from the intelligence agencies that there was the influence from the Russians and involved in the public discourse at the time of the election, when you look at those that were expunged from being able to vote, clearly the process has serious questions about it," he explained.
Talk of Trump not being "legitimate" climbed to a new level Sunday when Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that he doesn't think Trump is a "legitimate" president, citing Russian hacking allegations. During that same interview, Lewis also said that he wouldn't be attending Trump's inauguration Friday.
Lewis' strong comments, and Trump's response to them when he suggested that Lewis should worry about his district instead, were the talk of the weekend. And according to Sharpton, Lewis' comments should not be taken lightly, given his work on civil rights.
"And to come from John Lewis, a man who was beaten on the bridge in Selma, Alabama, to get the Voting Rights Act that opened up the voting process to everyone, he has blood in this," Sharpton said. "He has some injury in this that opened the voting process up. You should not take lightly his view at all."
"Meet the Press Daily" guest host Peter Alexander tried to press Sharpton over his claims, saying that during the election last year, Democrats routinely lectured Trump and his supporters about accepting the results of the election — no matter what.
But Sharpton argued back that the things that have happened following the election, including the intelligence community's conclusion about Russian state hackers attempting to undermine American democracy, are substantial enough to question the legitimacy of the election's outcome.