After firing off a couple of tweets about Atlanta congressman John Lewis and his failings in the eyes of Trump, the president-elect is enjoying a second day of people getting mad at him for calling a famed civil rights leader "all talk and no action." On the one hand, this explains Trump's already low approval ratings, but on the other hand if you've already called parents of a dead soldier names and still became president, why stop doing this?
Trump, for his part, tried to give some advice to Lewis, using this opportunity to ask him to help Trump fix America's burning and crime ravaged inner cities that we all keep hearing about:
Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
This didn't sit well with Lewis' actual constituents (including former Mets pitcher Collin McHugh), who didn't appreciate Trump suggesting Atlanta was a crime-ridden hellhole, which it isn't:
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 15, 2017
— Collin McHugh (@Collin_McHugh) January 14, 2017
— Ricky L. Jones (@DrRickyLJones) January 15, 2017
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 15, 2017
Two more members of New York City's congressional delegation, Yvette Clarke and Adriano Espaillat, announced that they would be skipping Trump's inauguration:
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) January 14, 2017
— Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan) January 15, 2017
And despite the best efforts of robotic talking points repeater Mike Pence to suggest he was just so disappointed and hurt by Lewis, Trump continued taking fire from Republicans. Representative Justin Amash went the folksy route, addressing Trump as "dude" and begging him to give it up:
Dude, just stop. https://t.co/UCIqhqGnXu
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 15, 2017
Former RNC chair Michael Steele chimed in as well. In an appearance on MSNBC, Steele told Trump "don't tweet that" and "don't go there," and that "John Lewis has a walk that very few people in this country - least of all Donald Trump - have ever walked."
Trump's team, for their part, went for some damage control that didn't last too long. After leaking that the incoming president would visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Monday, whoever suggested that was happening had to quickly backtracking on their leak due to the fact that it wasn't true:
UPDATE: Trump no longer to visit National African American Museum on MLK Day due to scheduling issues, transition officials tell @ABC.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 15, 2017
Smithsonian museum spokesperson said there were never plans for Trump to visit museum on MLK Day https://t.co/SHZ8Q0dVMt
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) January 15, 2017
And if you think this is bad, just remember that Trump isn't officially the president yet.