Is it time to question whether Donald Trump is our rightly elected president? Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) seems to think so.
In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Lewis says that allegations about Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election on Trump’s behalf put a permanent stain on his presidency that cannot be erased.
“I don’t see the president-elect as a legitimate president,” said Lewis, a civil rights icon who was instrumental in organizing the Selma marches in 1965. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
Lewis went on to say that he does not plan to attend Trump’s inauguration, marking the first one that he has missed since he became a congressman for Georgia’s 5th District in 1987.
Todd then told Lewis that it was going to send a “big message to a lot of people in this country that you don’t believe that he’s a legitimate president.”
Lewis, however, was undeterred.
“I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected,” he said. “That’s not right, that’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.”
Check out Todd’s interview with Lewis below.
Soccer star slams Trump for attacking her teammate: He hates women he ‘cannot control or grope’
On Wednesday, U.S. Women's Soccer champion Ali Krieger rebuked President Donald Trump for his attacks on her teammate Megan Rapinoe, saying that the president feels threatened by women that he "cannot control or grope":
In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.
Bernie Sanders: ‘I intend to be the Democratic nominee’
Bernie Sanders intends to be the 2020 Democratic nominee - and he's not planning to back down anytime soon. Not even with 23 other Democratic presidential hopefuls in the running alongside him.
MSNBC's Kasie Hunt spoke with Sanders for an interview prior to the first Democratic debate night where he plainly said, "I intend to be the Democratic nominee."
In the interview, Sanders also discussed his plan to end student loan debt and Medicare for all. But before that, he said there was another pressing issue.
"Our goal right now is to win it," Sanders said. "And by the way, as you you may know, poll after poll shows what against Trump? Shows me beating Trump by 8, 9 or 10 points. We're going to beat Trump, we're going to win the Democratic nomination."
Justice Department sues Omarosa Manigault Newman over financial disclosures
The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who campaigned for President Donald Trump and later worked for him in the White House, alleging she failed to file a required public disclosure report after she left 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, claims Manigault Newman "knowingly and willingly" failed to file the financial disclosure report after corresponding multiple times with attorneys for the White House. It accuses her of violating the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA) by not filing the report, which was required because her salary exceeded $124,406, despite several oral and written reminders from White House ethics lawyers.