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Michelle Obama throws support behind John Lewis as number of Democrats boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration grows to 26

Barney Henderson , New York
John Lewis and Donald Trump
Michelle Obama has expressed her support for John Lewis following President-elect Donald Trump's recent attack on the civil rights icon.
Mr Lewis, 76, a contemporary of Martin Luther King, who was badly beaten by police when marching in Selma, Alabama in 1965, said last week that Mr Trump was not a "legitimate president".
The president-elect responded by saying Mr Lewis was "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results".
On Monday, which is Martin Luther King Day, the first lady tweeted:
Dr King's youngest daughter, Bernice King, said on what would have been his 88th birthday that "God can triumph over Trump". She was making an emotional address at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the house of worship in Mr Lewis' district where Dr King once preached.
"Many of you here are proud residents of the fifth congressional district and we are proud of the progress we have made here and in this city," she said, in response to Mr Trump, who had described the area as "crime-infested" and "falling apart".
Dr King's oldest son, Martin Luther King III, met Mr Trump in New York on Monday and struck a conciliatory tone afterwards.
US President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Martin Luther King III after meeting at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017
"First of all I think that in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides. I think at some point I bridge-build. The goal is to bring America together," Mr King told reporters.
As a result of the row, 26 Democratic members of Congress have said they will boycott Mr Trump's inauguration on Friday, including Mr Lewis himself.
"When you insult Rep John Lewis, you insult America," said Yvette Clarke, a New York representative.
Some Republicans have defended Mr Trump's criticism of Mr Lewis, arguing it was inappropriate for a congressman to question an incoming president's legitimacy.
Following the clash with Mr Trump, book sales of Mr Lewis' work have increased dramatically
The top three current bestsellers on Amazon are related to the politician, while sales of his 1998 memoir, Walking with the Wind, have increased 800,000 per cent in the days following the tweets.
Michelle Obama throws support behind John Lewis as number of Democrats boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration grows to 26 Reviewed by Chidinma C Amadi on 8:44 PM Rating: 5

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