Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and his legacy. King’s main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the U.S. Just days after King’s assassination, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Title VIII of the Act, commonly known as the Fair Housing Act, prohibited discrimination in housing and housing-related transactions on the basis of race, religion, or national origin (later expanded to include sex, familial status, and disability). This legislation was seen as a tribute to King’s struggle in his final years to combat residential discrimination in the U.S.
Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary, decided to blast civil rights activist John Lewis on a say where America honors the most iconic civil rights leader.
Spicer came on the Today Show on Monday morning where he was asked about Trump’s attack on Lewis after the congressman had questioned the legitimacy of the president-elect.
The tweets came after Lewis told NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Friday, “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected and they have destroyed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
Spicer’s answer was something you hear coming from a 6-year-old. “Congressman Lewis started this,” Spicer said Monday.
He continued: “To see somebody of John Lewis’ stature, an iconic nature, who has worked so hard to enfranchise people and talk about getting people involved in our voting systems and talking about the integrity of our voting system ― to then go out when the candidate of his choice doesn’t win and try to talk about the delegitimization of the election is, frankly, disappointing.”
Spicer also denied the recent reports from the U.S. intelligence team that said that Russia directly intervened in with the election to help Trump. Spicer said there is “zero evidence” on anyone tampering with the election.
You can take a look at his whole interview here