Donald Trump's Twitter Rant Against John Lewis Sparks 1.5M Mentions

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Since the heated response surrounding Trump's tweets, ABC News reports that the president-elect has canceled his visit on Monday to the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture due to "scheduling issues."

Donald Trump's critical tweets towards Rep. John Lewis not only sent the Georgia congressman's book sales skyrocketing but his Twitter mentions as well.

Lewis -  a civil rights icon whose skull was fractured when he was beaten by police during the 1965 civil rights march in Selma - was the talk of Twitter with 1.5 million tweets mentioning him alone in the past two days, according to metrics released by Twitter. Tweets peaked on Saturday at 3,000 per minute with #GoodTrouble being one of the most popular hashtags.

Trump's comments sparked a significant amount backlash on social media. The recent news not only made John Lewis a trending topic but has drawn 60,000 new followers to his Twitter handle @repjohnlewis, his second biggest gain after last June when he led the sit-in for gun control.

NBC News on Friday released a Meet the Press interview clip showing Lewis commenting that he would not attend the upcoming inauguration (a first in his 30-year congressional career) and that he didn't "see Trump as a "legitimate president."

Trump responded Saturday morning of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with tweets criticizing Lewis: "Congressman John Lewis 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. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"

Since the heated response surrounding Trump's tweets, ABC News reports that the president-elect has canceled his visit on Monday to the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture due to "scheduling issues." Trump was expected to visit the museum in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

See some of the twitter reactions to Trump's tweets toward John Lewis below.

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