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Timothy L. O'Brien

It's MLK Day, Mr. Trump, So Show John Lewis Some Respect

The president-elect has bigger battles to fight than one with a civil-rights icon.

Donald Trump took to Twitter -- surprise! -- on Saturday to slam Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat, for saying that he planned to skip Trump’s upcoming inauguration because he doesn’t consider Trump to be a “legitimate president.”

However ill-considered Trump felt Lewis’s comments to be, the president-elect might have done well to avoid hitting back on this particular weekend. Lewis is an icon of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, and Lewis famously marched with King into Selma, Alabama, in 1965 -- enduring a brutal police beating and a cracked skull along the way.