Politicians, entertainers and others have come to the defence of a US civil rights campaigner, Congressman John Lewis, who has turn out to be embroiled in a row with President-elect Donald Trump.
Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Lewis was “all speak” and may concentrate on his constituents, after he stated Mr Trump was not a reputable president.
However Mr Lewis’ supporters reacted with anger, saying he was a hero and icon.
Mr Lewis was a number one determine within the 1960s civil rights motion
He’s the final surviving speaker from the March on Washington 50 years in the past, led by Martin Luther King.
Mr Lewis, a Democrat, stated on Friday he wouldn’t attend Mr Trump’s inauguration on 20 January on the grounds that he didn’t see the Republican as a reputable president.
“I feel the Russians participated in serving to this man get elected,” he instructed NBC’s Meet the Press. “They usually helped destroy the candidacy of [Democrat] Hillary Clinton.”
Mr Trump responded in tweets on Saturday: “Congressman John Lewis ought to spend extra time on fixing and serving to his district, which is in horrible form and falling aside (to not point out crime-infested) moderately than falsely complaining in regards to the election outcomes. All speak, speak, speak – no motion or outcomes. Unhappy!”
However Mr Lewis’ supporters had been fast to rally spherical.
California Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat, stated it was unsuitable to deal with him on this manner.
“John Lewis is an icon of the Civil Rights Motion who’s fearless within the pursuit of justice and equality,” she tweeted. “He deserves higher than this.”
Others talked about Mr Lewis’ bravery and the truth that the trade had taken place on the eve of Martin Luther King Day, on 16 January.
A lot of them linked to photographs of the 2 males, or to the 1965 so-called Bloody Sunday march in Alabama, through which Mr Lewis acquired a fractured cranium because the protest was violently damaged up by police.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse tweeted his help, saying Mr Lewis’ “speak” had modified the world. Nevertheless, he said he disagreed together with his resolution to boycott the inauguration, including: “It is not a few man. It’s a celebration of peaceable switch of energy.”