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Trump: Lewis 'got caught' in a lie

President-elect Donald Trump took another shot at civil rights icon John Lewis, saying he caught the Georgia congressman in a lie.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday, Lewis called Trump an illegitimate president because of Russian interference into last year’s election. Trump responded on Twitter, saying Lewis, an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, was “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results.”

Lewis, in his “Meet the Press” interview, said that Trump’s inauguration would be the first one that he has missed, when in fact he also skipped President George W. Bush’s swearing-in in 2001.

“Well, what he said is that he’s never done it before, but he has. And, you know, he has done it before because he did it with President Bush 43. And he did it on the same basis. He said, ‘he is not our president,’ or something thereabouts. And that’s a very bad misrepresentation,” Trump said of Lewis. Trump spoke to “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt during a Trump Tower interview taped on Tuesday. “He conveniently doesn’t remember. How do you forget if you go to an inauguration? I can tell you when I was at the inaugurations and you don’t forget something like that. So he got caught and it’s pretty bad. So let’s see what happens.”

Trump added he will not miss the nearly 60 Democrats who are skipping his inauguration on Friday, he told Fox News in an interview broadcast Wednesday morning. In fact, he said, he could use the extra tickets.

“As far as other people not going, that’s okay, because we need seats so badly,” Trump said. “I hope they give me their tickets. Are they going to give us their tickets or are they going to give them to other people? No, what happens to their tickets? I hope they’re going to give us their tickets.”

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