Only days after he called out civil rights icon John Lewis on Twitter, Donald Trump has shocked the world once more by sitting down with Martin Luther King Jr.’s son at Trump Tower, where the two participated in a prayer and discussion. Just days before, Trump went off on Lewis, who said that Trump’s election was “not legitimate”.
“I don’t see this President-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis told NBC. Later Trump went to Twitter to bash Lewis, stating that Lewis was all talk and no action.
According to the Washington Post, the meeting between Trump and Martin Luther King III started with a prayer which focused on the healing of the nation.
When asked if he had been offended by Trump’s tweets about Lewis, Martin Luther King III stated: “In the head of emotion, a lot of things get said on both sides. And I think that at some point, I am, as John Lewis and many others are, a bridge builder. The goal is to bring America together. We are a great nation, and we must become a greater nation.”
Before his meeting with Martin Luther King III, Trump sent out a tweet about Martin Luther King Day: “Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all of the many wonderful things that he stood for. Honor him for being the great man that he was!”
When asked what he thought about Trump’s spat with Lewis, Martin Luther King III stated: “Absolutely I would say John Lewis has demonstrated that he’s action. As I said, things get said on both sides in the head of emotion. At some point this nation, we’ve got to move forward.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told MSNBC that Trump is more than willing to call Lewis to resolve their issues: “I wouldn’t put it past him to pick up the phone and call him, but there’s got to be a willingness on both sides.”