Joe Manchin: Rep. Lewis’s Comments About Trump Were ‘Uncalled For’

US Senator Joe Manchin speaks during a public town hall meeting on President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the W. Kent Carper Justice & Public Safety Complex in Charleston, WV on Thursday March 24, 2016. Manchin, a Democrat whose …
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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Rep. John Lewis’s comments about President-elect Donald Trump were “uncalled for.”

“I’ve got the utmost respect for Congressman Lewis. He’s an icon, if you will,” Manchin told CBS’s John Dickerson on Face the Nation. “I just think that was uncalled for. I just wish that rhetoric would tone down from both back and forth.”

Lewis said Friday that he doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate” president and said it would be “almost impossible” to work with Trump once he assumes office.

Trump fired back on Twitter, saying that Lewis should pay more attention to his “crime-infested” district “rather than falsely complaining about the election results.”

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested),” Trump wrote on Twitter. “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”

Manchin said that the “bickering going on back and forth” makes America appear weak and is “non-productive.”

“We’re bigger than this, and we’re going to show them we’re not going to change and not going to alter how we work and function as Congress, as a government and the United States of America,” Manchin said.

Manchin recently skipped a Capitol Hill meeting with President Obama to sit down with VP-elect Mike Pence.