The only black man serving the Republican caucus in the Senate, Sen. Tim Scott, questioned whether Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is above reproach following the latter’s declaration that President-elect Donald Trump is not a “legitimate president.” Trump and Lewis have since sparred on Twitter, while some Republicans have joined Democrats in defending Lewis.
 
Lewis told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that he does not believe Trump is a “legitimate president,” while he also said that he will be absent at the January 20 Inauguration Day festivities. Trump fired back on Twitter to point out rising crime rates in Lewis’ district and saying that Lewis is “all talk” and “no action.”
 
Sen. Scott said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” today that the exchange between Trump and Lewis should be  "very concerning for both sides and for the American people is the fact we're starting to play a game of verbal Russian roulette that will not help this country come together.” 
 
“I think, no doubt, I disagree with what he said. I think he should be present at the inauguration," Scott said of Lewis. Traditionally, members of Congress have attended the swearing-in of the president to witness the peaceful transition of power. This year, a number of Democrats have said that they refuse to attend. Referring to Lewis, Scott told Fox News, “I’m not sure that he’s immune to criticism. I think how we respond to criticism is very important, however.” Scott added, “Both sides have real challenges for their interaction, but yes, we should find a way to focus on the issues that bring America together.”
 
Scott continued, saying: “And unfortunately, the weekend that we celebrate the life and the sacrifice of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the notion that somehow all of God’s children, black ones, and white ones, brown ones and red ones, should join hands and sing with new meaning. I think we should focus on that future, and unfortunately, I have not seen that.”


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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