Maine's Republican Governor, Paul LePage told a radio station that Representative John Lewis should be "grateful for all Republicans have done for black people." LePage said Lewis needs to be brushed up on how Abraham Lincoln freed slaves and how Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes fought against Jim Crow laws.
The comment comes as words were exchanged between Rep. Lewis and President-Elect Donald Trump over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The Democrat congressman from Georgia said he doesn't think Trump is a legit president. Trump fired back on Twitter saying Lewis was "all talk, talk, talk - no action or results." Trump also described Lewis' district i.e. the Atlanta metro area as "crime-infested."
Of course Lewis is not completely all talk, he along with 24 other Democratic congressmen and women are boycotting the President-Elect's Inauguration. Lewis, the son of sharecroppers, attended segregated public schools in Alabama. He went on to attend Fisk University, was a Freedom Rider, the Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), received over 50 honorary degrees and was the architect and keynote speaker at the March in Washington in 1963 at just 23.
(Rep. Lewis isn't the only who is anti the Trump Administration. Read: Coretta Scott King Criticized Trump's Attorney General Pick Back in 1986)
However according to history, Jim Crows laws were not around during the Grant Administration. Trump begins his term as President when he is inaugurated on Friday, January 20th.