Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) said his colleague Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) “was not wrong” when he said President-elect Donald Trump was illegitimate because Lewis earned “the right and respect” to make such remarks.
Partial transcript as follows:
CAMEROTA: Was your colleague, John Lewis, wrong, to say that Mr. Trump is an illegitimate president?
MEEKS: Congressman John Lewis is not wrong, He is not wrong. He has earned the right and respect. He is one who has put everything on the line for this country and he, indeed, is one that made this country great. Not Donald Trump.
CAMEROTA: Understood. But you are the person who just said the Electoral College voted for him. He is our president.
MEEKS: That is correct, and John Lewis is right to make his statement of his beliefs because he put his life on the line for the country, and Donald Trump has never done anything for anybody other than Donald Trump. It seems to me if the president-elect wanted to do the right thing instead of coming back at John Lewis, he should have said to John Lewis I would love to sit down and talk to you John Lewis on how we could make this country moving forward and how we can work together on policy that would benefit this country and let’s have a dialogue in regards to that as opposed to what he has been doing with everybody, calling people names.
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