So infuriated is much of the left over the victory of Donald Trump and the success of the Republican Party in the recent elections that they’ve taken to uttering nonsense as a way of expressing their outrage and remorse at their defeat. Put another way, they just cannot handle it. It is displayed in different ways such as threatening to disrupt the inauguration and refusing to acknowledge Mr. Trump as the “legitimate” President-elect. In so doing, they don’t help their own cause, but rather just show themselves to be sore losers.
You cannot fault a politician for promoting his or her own cause, provided it’s done in a transparent and ethical way. Unfortunately, that seems rather the exception than the rule. Politicians, in their perpetual campaign to raise money for the next elections, are famous for taking ethical and legal short-cuts in building campaign funds. The Clinton Foundation is probably one of the boldest such efforts and should be a case study in influence-peddling and corruption. But the Clintons have plenty of company, although perhaps not on so grand of a scale.
Representative John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, has decided to initiate a feud with Donald Trump. He claims that Mr. Trump is not the “legitimate” president, hence he states that on principle he cannot attend the inauguration. Now Mr. Lewis’ absence from the event is a non-event. But what is interesting is the other motivations he might have for making a public issue out of this decision.
First, we have Mr. Lewis’ posturing: “Lewis called Trump’s election ‘illegitimate,’ blaming a conspiracy involving Russian hackers and the unnamed parties, and said that it wouldn’t be right for him to stand there as if that were acceptable.” Needless to say, that all remains unproven, and what has been presented as evidence has been shown to be utterly bogus. But let’s not let the facts get in the way of Mr. Lewis’ goal.
Trump replied via Twitter:
Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
Now here’s the key that opens understanding on one motivation for this feud that should not be missed – fund-raising. In fact, Mr. Lewis sent out a fund-raising email that included these words:
“Today Donald Trump attacked me on Twitter. He said that I’m ‘all talk’ and ‘no action.’
“I’ve been beaten bloody, tear-gassed, fighting for what’s right for America. I’ve marched at Selma with Dr. King. Sometimes that’s what it takes to move our country in the right direction.”
That spat with Mr. Trump dovetails nicely with Mr. Lewis’ fund-raising appeal, doesn’t it? And the timing is perfect – too perfect to be an accident. More than a few people saw what was really going on, and took to Twitter to express their disgust.
And there it is. Get the Civil Rights icon to insult Trump on MLK weekend- collect money. Feel used, Dem voters? https://t.co/q8ODSBlxvO
— AW (@ArtbyAWOHS) January 15, 2017
— Colorado RedTraci (@goptraci) January 15, 2017
Politicians have every right and can be expected to make fund-raising appeals. The problem Mr. Lewis has is his latest appeal is built on a fabricated accusations regarding the incoming president that he knows are not true. Mr. Trump is the legitimate president-elect by the Constitution and laws of this country.
Apparently Mr. Lewis does not believe his record is strong enough to generate the campaign contributions he desires, so he must stoop to creating conflict with the incoming president over a bogus issue to get some money. Pitiful.
Source: Independent Journal Review