It appears that President Elect Trump continues to brood, rant, and use Twitter to show us just how thin skinned he is.
A few days ago NBC reporter Chuck Todd spoke with U.S. Representative John Lewis. In a conversation about Russian interference in the election (that I wrote about here) Mr. Lewis called Mr. Trump’s election not legitimate.
In the hours before sunrise yesterday Mr Trump tweeted that Mr. Lewis is all talk and no action.
This is exactly why someone in the Trump camp needs to shut down his Twitter account. Had there been an adult in the room when Mr. Trump tweeted this deeply offensive remark, that would have better served the country. Mr Trump famously brags about not reading much and we can assume he has a limited understanding of our history.
I confess that I’m a ridiculous history buff and I try not to make fun of those who aren’t. But that said, how can it be that our next President doesn’t know Mr. Lewis’ biography? How can he not know that Mr. Lewis participated in Bloody Sunday in 1965?
Mr. Trump, I doubt you’ll read this, but if you do, here’s what I want to tell you: In 1964 Mr. Lewis was the chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC. On March 7, 1965 he led a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. On the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, the local police department attacked the protestors. Mr. Lewis suffered a skull fracture.
When Mr. Lewis nearly died, Mr. Trump, you were a freshman at Fordham University. I’m sorry you didn’t last there. The Jesuits have a long history of excellence in teaching. I wish you had a history of learning.