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‘How dare you!’ Atlanta paper denounces Trump with blaring front page headline

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Did an entire city just repudiate President-elect Donald Trump?

“Atlantans responded with an incredulous ‘how dare you!'” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution declared.

In taking a defensive response to the brouhaha that broke out between Trump and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, who happens to represent Atlanta, the newspaper included this blaring headline on Sunday:


The dust up between Trump and Lewis began when the Democratic lawmaker said in an interview with NBC News that Trump was an “illegitimate president” who was only elected because of a “conspiracy” involving Russia.

The president-elect fired back on Twitter, saying the congressman should focus more on his district, which Trump said is “crime infested” and in “horrible shape.”

“All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” he added.

Atlanta falls in Lewis’ district, Georgia Congressional District 5, and as expected, the Journal-Constitution touted Atlanta’s “crown jewels,” while brushing past its “pockets of poverty” — Census figures show the poverty rate in the district in 2015 at 21 percent, compared to 14.7 percent for the nation as a whole.

As for crime, FBI statistics indicate Atlanta had the 14th worst violent crime in 2015, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported.

And while Lewis’ district includes Atlanta, it compasses a total of 264.9 square miles, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with 99 percent of the region classified as urban.

In what could be described as throwing gasoline on a raging fire, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed entered the fray Saturday on social media in support of Lewis:

Tom Tillison


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