This week, congressman and long-time civil rights leader John Lewis spoke out in regards to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, claiming that his presidency is illegitimate and as a result, he would not be attending the event.

In response to this bold stance, and on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President-elect has taken to this chosen public speaking method to condemn Lewis, saying that he is all talk, no action.


Lewis’ strong anti-Trump stance was hampered by his ravings about the Russian government, buying into wholeheartedly the idea that Trump won the election because of the interference of a foreign government rather than the incompetence of the Democratic party.

Lewis is one of many elected officials who have made clear their plans to skip the inauguration, and we will likely see more of the same coming forward in the final days before the event.

Trump’s response to Lewis is predictably being ill-received, with many outraged that Trump would offer so little respect to the renowned civil rights leader.


Some have disagreed with Lewis’ public stance, saying that if nothing more, Lewis and others should respect the Democratic tradition of a peaceful transfer of power. Of course, if the shoe were on the other foot, Republicans would care nothing for tradition.

Maybe it’s time that the Democratic party stop paying so much lip service to tradition when it comes to Donald Trump – especially when he has shown that he has no respect for ceremony or tradition himself.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at