Unforced Errors and Legitimacy

If it seems as if we’ve seen this movie before, it’s because we have. Much like his attack on Gold star father Khizr Khan, President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter broadside aimed at Representative John Lewis has been so widely blasted that it obscured the fact Trump’s victim had actually struck first with a highly partisan attack. The fact that Khan had bitterly criticized Trump from the podium of the Democratic National Convention was forgotten as the country reeled from the spectacle of the billionaire skewering a Muslim-American family whose son had been killed in action in the uniform of the United States Army. Similarly, Trump’s disparaging of the aging icon of the Civil Rights struggle—and his largely inaccurate depiction of the African-American majority Georgia district he represents—has caused Lewis’s irresponsible assertion that Trump was not a “legitimate president” to be either forgotten or excused.

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Unforced Errors and Legitimacy

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