The timing was particularly unfortunate: As Americans prepared to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., President-elect Donald Trump tore into one of the civil rights movement's most iconic figures.
Trump — who drew only 8 percent of the black vote in the general election last November — appeared to hit a new low in his already fraught relationship with the black community, NBC News reported.
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"Trump's attack on John Lewis is particularly infuriating because it shows an ignorance of history, and an utter disdain for a man who risked his life for the greater good, to make America better," said writer and commentator David A. Love. "Like Dr. [Martin Luther King, Jr.,] this man is one of our role models."
On Monday, Trump met Martin Luther King III to commemorate the holiday honoring the man's father. But following a political career that began with a discredited crusade to question the first African-American president's citizenship, a presidential campaign where he broadly depicting black communities as imperiled and hopeless, and a presidential transition which has featured only one African-American cabinet nominee (Dr. Ben Carson), Trump may have a lot more work to do to find common ground with the black community.