Black leaders rip John Lewis over Trump feud: 'Not a hero, and he's not an icon'
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., became President-elect Donald Trump’s latest enemy when he said in a “Meet the Press” interview broadcast Sunday he does not consider Trump to be a “legitimate president.”
That remark ignited a firestorm of tweeting from Trump, which in turn led to a torrent of denunciation from Trump critics who noted Lewis is a civil rights icon and were angered that Trump attacked him on Martin Luther King Day weekend, no less.
But Jesse Lee Peterson, a prominent black columnist and radio host who founded the nonprofit Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, is not impressed by Lewis’ bona fides.
“Lewis is not a hero, and he’s not an icon,” Peterson told WND. “He participated in the civil rights movement 50 years ago; since that time, he has not done anything good for the country, and especially for black Americans. And even if he was a hero in his time, if he does or says something wrong, and he’s in a position of authority, he should be chastised or corrected for what he’s done. He’s not above correction.”