President-elect Donald Trump began Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend by attacking Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on Twitter, accusing the civil rights icon of being “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!”
Trump’s attack on Lewis was met with immediate outrage, as his fellow lawmakers quickly pointed to Lewis’ record as a leader of the civil rights movement and criticized Trump for ignorance of just how much Lewis has done — both in speech and action — in service of progress in America.
As further evidence of the widespread backlash to Trump’s accusations, Amazon is now sold out of Lewis’ biography.
Some on Twitter have been encouraging people to buy Lewis’ book as a gesture of support.
Just bought Lewis' "Walking with the Wind" on Amazon. Let's make it a bestseller. https://t.co/AGUUje7WAC
— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) January 14, 2017
— Mike Corey (@MLCorey1982) January 14, 2017
Walking with the Wind: A memoir of the movement, which was published 16 years ago, is completely sold out on the bookseller’s website and now has a wait list of a month or more. (It’s unclear how many copies Amazon had to begin with.) March, Lewis’ series of graphic novels about his time in the civil rights movement, is currently still available there, as is Lewis’ other book Across That Bridge.
Trump lashed out at Lewis following comments the congressman made on Friday calling Trump’s presidency illegitimate due to Russian interference into the 2016 election. Lewis also said that he would not be attending Trump’s inauguration. Though Lewis was among the first to decide to boycott the event next week, there is now a growing list of Democratic lawmakers joining him in abstaining.
In a thinly veiled racial smear, Trump also called Lewis’ district “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)” — essentially, suggesting the black congressman, who represents a prosperous and primarily black district, is a slumlord and conflating, yet again, skin color and crime.
UPDATE: As of this writing, John Lewis’ three-volume graphic novel March is the #1 best selling book on Amazon.