NBC: Rep. John Lewis Claims ‘I Don’t See Trump as a Legitimate President’

Originally posted at NBC News by Chuck Todd, Sally Bronston, and Matt Rivera.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said he does not believe Donald Trump is a “legitimate president,” citing Russian interference in last year’s election.

Asked whether he would try to forge a relationship with the president-elect, Lewis said that he believes in forgiveness, but added, “it’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”

When pressed to explain why, he cited allegations of Russian hacks during the campaign that led to the release of internal documents from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign co-chairman, John Podesta.

“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis told NBC News.

Trump appeared to acknowledge this week that Russia did engage in hacking during the campaign, but he has vigorously argued that any foreign interference had no impact on the election’s outcome.

Trump fired back at Lewis questioning his legitimacy as the incoming president in a pair of tweets Saturday morning, saying that the long-serving Georgia Congressman 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.”

Lewis, also a recognized civil rights leader, represents a district that covers most of metropolitan Atlanta as well as historically black schools, including Morehouse College and Spelman College.

Lewis told NBC News that he does not plan on attending President-elect Trump’s swearing-in next Friday.

“It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress,” he said. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”

Read more at NBC News.


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  • Teresa says:

    January 14, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    It is sad that Democrat John Lewis got where he is because he rode the coat tails of Dr. Martin Luther King, but is not even worthy of cleaning the mud off of Dr. King’s shoes and should truly never be recognized as a civil rights leader. That would be a direct dishonest service to the memory of Dr. King and his accomplishments.

    • Lucia Gibson says:

      January 18, 2017 at 10:31 AM

      Of course, Teresa, John Lewis finds those that lie and cheat, betray the country with fervor far more legitimate, with novel contributions towards sinking the country further by their attributions as fast as they possibly can by evil acts so America is defaced, no longer recognizable. Shameful behavior towards the very country that has elevated them from rags to riches.

  • Patty says:

    January 14, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    The more scoffers who stay away from the inauguration the better.

    • Lucia Gibson says:

      January 18, 2017 at 9:33 AM

      Well said Patty/Wonderfully put Love it! It makes sense….America has had enough treachery and abuse in flicked upon it by the misguided and the worthless. Wallowing in their juice instead of getting drunk on President Trump’s champagne is well deserved…CAUTION – keep away from the Angels on bikes. Whoever thought of this brilliant idea will reap the reward.- to fight force with force is admirable. Only those that have the death-wish will dare to brake the bikers’ mission to defend. God has shown His mighty might to the people of this country.

      Well done, President Donald Trump, and those at the top to have resisted all the challenges thrown at them by the opposition to show justice prevails, together with the President’s supporters.
      Hip-hip Hooray!

  • Craig says:

    January 14, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    And you have never been a legitimate congressman. So what are you trying to say?

  • Joyce says:

    January 14, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Amazing how he doesn’t see Trump as a legitimate President simply because Trump was not his pick. Mr. Lewis, Trump won your state so you clearly just spoke in disregard of who you represent.

  • Getting real says:

    January 14, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Maybe he should be more worried about how much corruption was revealed in those DNC and Podesta emails. Sure you can turn a blind eye to that and just blame the Russians. Though if there was nothing to expose those hacks would have meant nothing. So yes a foreign governments interference is not good buy the fact that all they did was reveal massive amounts of corruption shouldn’t we be at least equally concerned with the corruption and be a little thankful individuals this corrupt were exposed? Again had those hacks revealed nothing more than a legitimate candidate and her campaign there would have been no negative impact at all. Her corruption alone is the reason she lost.

    • Terry says:

      January 16, 2017 at 12:47 PM

      Finally someone says it. I have been watching all news broadcasts and talk shows since the election and that’s the first time anyone has commented about the systemic corruption in the DNC revealed by those e-mails. Thank you.


    January 14, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    I want to personally thank Vladimir for exposing the Democratic party for the criminal enterprise that they are! And if you believe Vlad had anything to do with that, I also want to thank the Democrat stooges for being stupid. Hang on to that; you’ll need to believe in all the fairy dust that you possibly can to maintain any kind of hope for a resurgent party in the next twenty years. LOL

  • Clifford Fargason says:

    January 14, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    I think he missed a point. It wasn’t that the emails were released that finished HRC’s candidacy. Acting like she owned all the traditionally Democrat states, and the evidence of corruption, election fraud, and arrogance that were revealed in the emails are what finished her candidacy.

  • Karin Campbell says:

    January 14, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    The Russians did not influence my vote. Watching Hillary’s lies, screaming, and her lack of integrity while an elected official made my decision to,vote for Donald Trump very easy.

  • samuel felts says:

    January 14, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    it really does matter or for that much what his entire party thinks for the next 2 years….deal with it cause like it not its reality baby

  • Ejjdudhurhrhr7 says:

    January 14, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    I’d be an angry as #ell, too, if I was as ugly as Lewis. Seriously that dude looks like a Ninja Turtle or something (uh oh, that’s gonna trigger someone)..

    Lol I loved Trump’s tweet, though.

  • Gloria says:

    January 14, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    By claiming the Russians or Comey or wikileaks caused people to change their vote from Democrat to Republican they are insulting the intelligence of a huge part of America. They are also by their behavior, pretty much assuring the Republicans of a long run. They wonder why bullying is epidemic with young people…they are learning it from adults.

  • jtas says:

    January 14, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Another asshole Democrat.Doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground.

  • lala says:

    January 14, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    seriously what is wrong with these people. They had an ISIS sleeping cell in power for the past 8 years and they had no problem with that!!!! Finally we get a real president who loves this country and those crazy liberals are going nuts. They are seriously mentally ill. Glad they will pass a bill for term limits they need to go real fast.

  • Sherry says:

    January 14, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Please just fade away into retirement! If your not part of the fix your definitely part of the problem! Make America Great Again!! Tuesday can’t come fast enough!

  • Dave F says:

    January 14, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    So the party that hired protesters to incite riots and hurt Trump supporters is saying that President elect Trump isn’t legitimate?

    Oh Please! Lewis is testicle deep in corruption and needs to STFU!

  • Cathy says:

    January 14, 2017 at 7:51 PM

    Good for you John Lewis. I agree. You are a fighter. One last fight. Keep going. We need it. Trump is going to major bring us back to 1950’s.

  • Tom says:

    January 14, 2017 at 7:58 PM

    Lewis maybe you should give back your salary because you’re district is worse now than when you were handed the seat only because of your color and your opinion about trump holds no weight due to the fact you scammed all them people that voted for you just like your counter part obama and his wife Michael i mean Michelle i mean the first tranny lmao ????

  • Lady Distinctive says:

    January 14, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    I don’t feel that Rep. Lewis is a legitimate Congressman. If he were, he would understand that the office of president deserves respect. Conservatives have put up with Liberal candidates for years now – they cannot have it their way all of the time. He should just find himself a safe place and go whine in there where no one has to see him.

  • David Looney says:

    January 14, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Let us ASSUME the Russians did feed WikiLeaks emails that were hurtful to Hillary. The American people had more information about attitudes and ideas of Hillary and the Democrats. How corrupted and disingenuous things really were behind their public face. More informed voters are a good thing.

  • Barbara Agro says:

    January 14, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    Another whiny cry baby tactic by the democrats. Please join my pity party because they lost and guess what, they are going to continue to loose with their cry baby antics . Put their big boy pants on and deal with it

  • Brian says:

    January 14, 2017 at 11:26 PM

    Just go home and cuddle up in your blankey and cry like a little baby because you can’t accept the truth. You probably wouldn’t know the truth if it hit you upside the head. Grab all your toys to because you are nothing but a selfish hypocrite that won’t play unless you get your way. Hell, the Russians didn’t do a very good job of stopping Hillary win the popular vote! Thank God that the Electorial College is around so all those poor people you keep on the plantation can’t win you the election. Maybe now, just maybe, they will get the help they need to get out of that crime invested, drug invested plantation that you want and I keep them on. That is the real reason you at afraid d and don’t want to play!

  • Will says:

    January 15, 2017 at 12:17 AM

    Listen to the Libtards TRY to cover for this Fraud. It’s amazing how much HATE comes from a guy who is supposedly a Democrat Hero. It’s VERY telling. Now it’s MLK’s Holiday. They are trying to make Lewis out as though he were some sort of MLK himself. I lived in DC during the riots after MLK was Murdered. There wasn’t much LOVE at that time for anyone white, I can tell you that. People like Lewis are no different than the BLM people who jump at the chance to Burn, Loot, Steal, and Rob. It’s never going to change so long as the Media and Democrats keep lifting to their shoulders the Hate Filled miscreants they have actually been abusing for 100 years all the while doing NOTHING to change their lot in life. They are confused and it seems, very easily led astray.

    • Will says:

      January 15, 2017 at 12:19 AM

      I don’t know if Libtard is too strong of a Word. It’s just popped in to my mind and seems so appropriate when describing the insanity we see from the Left.

  • Madonna Hood says:

    January 15, 2017 at 12:43 AM

    It amazes me that these individuals so worried about Russian hacks, don’t worry about what was exposed! The fact that Hillary and her team sabotaged Bernie Sanders doesn’t bother these people? I doubt seriously that the “revelations” did anything to turn people away from Hillary. If the exposure of wrong doing did change people’s minds on who they were going to vote for, then some people smartened up. The fact remains that the electoral college vote went to Donald Trump, all of the major Democratic strongholds went to Hillary. So the election went the way it should have, Rep. Lewis needs to get a grip like all of the other Democrats and liberals who are still whining about the election. Hillary was always a poor candidate and it showed in the end.

  • Thumper says:

    January 15, 2017 at 1:25 AM

    Donald Trump is making a list and checking it twice, cause pay back is a MF

  • Gene stricklin says:

    January 15, 2017 at 1:37 AM

    I believe John Lewis is a racist and horrible bigot . Full of hate against the white population. Who does not represent good decent Americans of any race. He should be a U.S. Representative.

  • Memory Brogden says:

    January 15, 2017 at 3:21 AM

    Lewis is so still embued with concept of racism that he cannot bring himself to be a patriot and show respect to the American people who voted for Trump, who by the way has never been racist.

  • Tim Jensen says:

    January 15, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Isn’t irony the part where you enemy did things many, many years ago, and you hold them accountable for their failings now. Go to the Left and your past is a get out of jail free for the rest of your miserable life, no matter how wrong you may be.

  • Doris Garrett says:

    January 15, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    His “we’s” didnt vote him in our “we’s ” did ….you silly people humm excuse me i mean children Get the plug of your mouths and grow up . Ya are hilarious!

  • Bobby Spinosa says:

    January 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Look at this guy, he’s always mad and he always looks mad.

  • Doris Bennett Garret says:

    January 15, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Our “we’s “voted him in. Your “we’s” DIDNOT ! Grow up . Take your plugs out of your mouths! Ya are hilarious! TRUMP

  • RSStewart says:

    January 15, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    At worse, Russians hacked and stole e-mails chronicling corruption. We know this because we’ve stolen the Russians emails admitting they were trying to get information.
    Not that they got this information…but that they intended to.
    (Yes, I read the declassified version.)
    So yes, we should protest.
    Now, was the electoral process itself compromised? Were votes stolen by the Russians? Illicit votes cast by the Russians? Individuals coerced? No.
    By the Democrats, yes. Not by the Russians. Three million illegals registered by motor voter in California alone and Obama promising no repercussions if they voted…felons admitting across the country they vote, 90% Dem, Reports of altered ballets, 60k felons in Virginia pardoned to vote…by the Dems.
    So no, America’s election was not hacked by the Russians, but by the Democrats.

    • RSStewart says:

      January 15, 2017 at 10:27 AM

      And the electoral college set up by our founding fathers prevented Democrats the easy steal they expected.

  • Joan says:

    January 15, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Lewis should step up and be a man, be at the swearing in of Donald Trump as President of the United States…enough said about foolish words like not a legitimate president, Forgive and forget, the deplorables voted!

  • Deborah Reeves says:

    January 15, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Mr. Lewis how did you feel when blacks were not deemed human? What you said is equal to that sentiment, a disgusting bigoted remark that would have angered MLK’s teachings.

  • PJ says:

    January 15, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Well isn’t that just peachy. Take away the medal he was awarded because anything associated with “honorable” should not be associated with this lying, race baiting useless pos

  • D says:

    January 15, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Trump is NOT legitimate. The entire election was illegitimate.

  • Chuck says:

    January 15, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Trump did not beat Hillary . . . Hillary beat Hilly!

  • Dianne Gilliland says:

    January 15, 2017 at 10:40 PM

    You sure don’t look like a congressman either!

  • Gene says:

    January 17, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Lewis – “cited allegations of Russian hacks during the campaign that led to the release of internal documents from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign co-chairman, John Podesta”

    He admits the public disclosure of internal documents is what caused Hillary to loose. I really don’t care who exposed the corruption in the Hillary champaign. Many of us are greatful the truth came out, however it came out, and people then voted accordingly. Lewis and all those who are angry only at the messenger for exposing corruption, and not feeling shame for what corruption took place are proving themselves in alignment morally in the affair.