Lewis was attacked by the president-elect after he told NBC's Meet the Press that he doesn't see Trump as a "legitimate president," citing Russian interference in last year's election.
Asked whether he would try to build a relationship with the president-elect, Lewis said "it's going to be very difficult. I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president."
Lewis also told NBC News that he does not plan on attending the inauguration next week.
"It will be the first one that I miss since I've been in Congress," he said. "You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right."
The president-elect, unsurprisingly, chose not to stay mum, saying the congressman was “all talk, talk, talk - no action or results.”
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
Twitter users and politicians alike came to Lewis' defense.
John Lewis is an icon of the Civil Rights Movement who is fearless in the pursuit of justice and equality. He deserves better than this. https://t.co/WX1QDCKfzP— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 14, 2017
As the first black POTUS leaves office with honor, a new president supported by white nationalists fights with John Lewis on MLK weekend.— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) January 14, 2017
"All talk, talk, talk - no action or results." - Donald Trump about John Lewis pic.twitter.com/TYE7nVk70b— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) January 14, 2017
We, of course, don’t need to show receipts of Lewis’ extensive resume showing he is in fact all action. And it is not lost on us that while Lewis was leading a movement that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act, Donald Trump was issued five draft deferments, refusing to fight for the country he will soon be sworn to protect.
As Trump slams John Lewis ahead of MLK Day, remember that Lewis risked his life in the '60s while Trump arranged 5 Vietnam draft deferments pic.twitter.com/1C1VrMIW1L— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) January 14, 2017
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