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COMMENTARY: The Divisive Rhetoric of a “Civil Rights Icon”

Georgia representative John Lewis declared on NBC’s Meet the Press that Donald Trump is not a “legitimate president.” The media did not comment on the impropriety of Lewis’ statement. But when Trump responded in his own defense, suggesting that Lewis should devote his energies to fixing his ailing congressional district, the Left poured out in condemnation of Trump and in support of Lewis as a “civil rights icon.”

The Washington Post said Trump attacked “one of the most respected people in America.” Charles Blow, pushing his usual racist diatribe in the New York Times, described the situation as, “A lecher attacking a legend; a man of moral depravity attacking a man of moral certitude; an intellectual weakling attacking a warrior for justice.” Former Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin compared Trump with Senator Joseph McCarthy, suggesting that Trump has no “sense of decency.” Economist Paul Krugman called Lewis’ statement “an act of patriotism.” The Jewish Anti-Defamation League came out in defense of Lewis, a “civil rights hero whose lifelong fight against hate deserves respect.”

In other words, because Lewis was assaulted during the civil rights movement fifty years ago, he is an “icon” whose opinions are forever beyond criticism. Thank you, political correctness. Never mind that Trump won the election fair-and-square. The election was tainted, Lewis claims, because the Russians hacked … wait a minute, what was it they hacked? Neither Lewis nor the media have been clear on this. Despite the fact that no one can say that the Russians’ alleged actions had any tangible effect on the election results, Lewis and his liberal enablers have chosen to believe this cock-and-bull story anyway. The media is guilty of pushing the narrative. “Patriotism,” said Paul Krugman, “means standing up for your country’s values.” Exactly what values are under attack? Lewis is the one who is attacking our values by denying the outcome of a bona fide election.

If we cut through the fog of political correctness, Rep. Lewis’s statement is clearly subversive. He is negating the democratic election process and endorsing a policy of divisiveness that is tearing the country apart at a time when we need to come together. He gets away with it because political correctness precludes any criticism of the African-American community. This is precisely why we are unable to have an honest discussion about race. When you attempt to say what you think, you are labeled a racist if you are white and an Uncle Tom if you are black. A sad state of affairs when a member of Congress can attack the essence of the American system and then hide behind the race card.

Trump has not merely a right but a responsibility to respond to Lewis’ incendiary statement. In suggesting that the election process is illegitimate, Lewis has dishonored his connection to the civil rights movement and lowered himself to the level of Rev. Al Sharpton. Ironically, one of the few Trump supporters in this controversy is Mason Weaver, a former Black Panther. Speaking on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, Weaver accused Lewis of being a turncoat by joining the Democratic Party in oppressing black Americans. Weaver cannot comprehend why any black person would align himself with the Democrats. He sees Lewis as a sellout and a political hack, icon or no icon.

The origin of the “Trump is illegitimate” position is the same as the “Trump is a racist” argument. Both were conjured up by the Democrats and the liberal media in a feeble attempt to explain away the failure of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. And come to think of it, wasn’t there a concern that Trump would not accept the outcome of the election? How interesting that the Left is guilty of exactly that. The liberal defenders of a “civil rights icon” are nothing more than sore losers attempting to wrap their sour grapes in a phony package of moral outrage.

Copyright © 2017 Ed Brodow. All rights reserved.

Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.

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