Doc Thompson fills in for Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" and discusses the uproar in the media surrounding President-elect Donald Trump's tweets about U.S. Representative and civil rights activist John Lewis (D-GA). During an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press," Lewis expressed his disdain for Trump, calling him an "illegitimate president" and stating his intention not to attend the presidential inauguration.
Trump was swift to respond, tweeting that Lewis was "all talk, talk, talk – no action or results" and suggesting Lewis "spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart." In response, Lewis' supporters pointed out that the long-time politician was very active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s; as the youngest of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders, Lewis organized nonviolent sit-ins and marches and was arrested dozens of times for his activism against segregation.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) then weighed in on the matter on CNN's "State of the Union," saying, "John Lewis isn't in a position where there can't be a healthy debate. Because he's a civil rights icon shouldn't make him immune (to criticism)."
Doc blasts Lewis for advancing the notion that Russian agents helped decide the outcome of the election: "Does he believe other conspiracies? Because he certainly doesn't believe facts that came out during the Obama Administration about all kinds of actual problems, like Benghazi and IRS targeting (of conservative groups). But this bothers him."
Doc then cautions that his criticism of Lewis should not be read as approval of Trump's tweets: "Don't let me lead you to misunderstand that I think Trump was nice or this was the best course of action."
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