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Politicians, Atlanta Residents Slam Trump’s John Lewis Comments

Civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. is introduced before speaking at the unveiling of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Friday, Aug. 23, 213, at the Newseum in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. is introduced before speaking at the unveiling of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Friday, Aug. 23, 213, at the Newseum in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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On Saturday morning Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Georgia Congressman John Lewis and the district he represents, which sweeps through Atlanta. The president-elect’s comments are drawing ire from all corners.

Trump tweeted on Saturday that Lewis, D-Ga., “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.”

The comments came after Lewis, who represents Georgia’s fifth Congressional district, questioned the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire’s White House victory.

Still, the outrage came quickly.

“Trump underestimates the resilience of the people he attacks. @repjohnlewis & Georgians know how to fight back against pettiness & injustice,” tweeted Rep. Stacey Abrams.

Other politicians, pundits, Atlanta residents, some of whom began sharing photos of the city using the hashtag #fifthdistrict, and more echoed her sentiments: