While Lewis’ comments have drawn heat from both the right and the left, this isn’t the first time the Georgia congressman has called a president illegitimate. As a matter of fact, Lewis made similar comments about the last Republican president, George W. Bush.
In 2001, The Washington Post reported:
Some members of the Black Caucus decided to boycott Inauguration Day; John Lewis, for instance, spent the day in his Atlanta district. He thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in because he doesn’t believe Bush is the true elected president.
The Washington Post’s reporting contradicts Congressman Lewis’ statement that this would be the first inauguration that he’s ever missed.
So while everyone is talking about him being a hero and how much meaning his boycott has, what it really is is that he’s intolerant of those who don’t have a D after their names and he’s a sore loser. Got it.