A Twitter war that started when Congressman John Lewis refused to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration landed U.S. Senator Ben Sasse in the middle of a controversy.
Lewis was a leader in the civil rights movement in the 1960’s but Trump sent a message on Twitter that Lewis was all “talk”. Senator Sasse responded via Twitter that “John Lewis and his ‘talk’ have changed the world”.
Senator Sasse says he was in a sense responding to Trump’s Twitter message because Congressman Lewis is a lot more than “talk”. Senator Sasse says, “Even though I think he is making a mistake by not going to the inauguration we shouldn’t say the guy has never accomplished anything in his life when he stood on the Selma bridge. We should celebrate that moment. I didn’t criticize Mr. Trump. I didn’t even address Mr. Trump but it is inaccurate to say John Lewis didn’t do anything and his whole life has been talk.”
Senator Sasse says he didn’t say anything controversial on either side of the issue. He says this just is an example of how “messed up” our civic discourse is in America. He says saying two different things sparked a lot of anger on both the right and the left. Senator Sasse did send a message to Congressman Lewis asking him to change his mind about attending Friday’s event saying that an inauguration is more about the peaceful transfer of power than a man.