Astros Pitcher Collin McHugh Slams Donald Trump for Tweets on Civil Rights Icon #JohnLewis
More and more over the past year, athletes have been outspoken when it comes to politics, whether it’s Colin Kaepernick taking a knee or LeBron James joining the campaign trail.
The latest: Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh, who jumped into the fray on Saturday after president-elect Donald Trump criticized Rep. John Lewis for questioning Trump’s legitimacy. McHugh, a resident of Lewis’ congressional district in Atlanta, Ga., said on Twitter that the PEOTUS doesn’t have “any idea what he’s talking about.”
Lewis, who represents Georgia’s fifth congressional district, had gone on record questioning the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency until a thorough investigation of Russia’s alleged involvement in the election was completed. This predictably led to a Twitter storm of Trump proportions, with the president-elect sending the following tweets.
Trump took exception to Lewis’ remarks from a recent NBC News interview. When asked whether he could work with Trump, Lewis had said, “I believe in forgiveness, I believe in trying to work with people, but it’s going to be hard — it’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”
Citing concerns of interference in the 2016 election process by the Russian government as a reason for his views, the 76 year-old Congressman — who has represented Georgia’s fifth district for 30 years and was a highly-respected leader of the civil rights movement — said he would not be attending Trump’s inauguration, the first time he’s made such a stance in his decades of public service.
Not only did Trump retaliate against Lewis, but he attacked his district as well.
✔@realDonaldTrump: Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!
Trump’s comments about Lewis would likely draw a strong response at any time, but set off a particularly intense firestorm two days before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Lewis suffered a skull fractured by Alabama state troopers during a march for civil rights in Selma, Ala., in 1965. He was also arrested around 40 times in the ’60s as he fought against Jim Crow laws and was a keynote speaker during MLK’s March on Washington in 1963.
For his part, McHugh’s tweets minced no words as he took Trump to task for attacking the Congressman.