Rob Schneider Tries to Explain the Civil Rights Movement, MLK to Rep. John Lewis


Twitter users skewered actor and comedian Rob Schneider for invoking Dr. Martin Luther King’s name in an attempt to educate civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis on how he should respond to President-elect Donald Trump.

Schneider, who’s famous for films like “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” and “The Hot Chick,” tweeted the comment on the Jan. 16 MLK holiday in the wake of a heated feud between Lewis and Trump.

Last week, during an appearance on NBC‘s “Meet the Press,” the congressman claimed that Trump isn’t a legitimate president. Lewis cited the recent reports from the intelligence community alleging that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election that tipped the odds in Trump’s favor.

“It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis told NBC News’ Chuck Todd. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”

The president-elect did not take kindly to Lewis’ assertion. As per usual, Trump retaliated via Twitter and hammered Lewis for his “crime-infested district ” and being “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results.”

Schneider’s comment added a fun, new wrinkle to the controversy. Twitter users accused the comedian of “whitesplaining” and said Schneider was in no position to give Lewis a history lesson because Lewis marched with King.

Since the feud, Lewis’ books sales have skyrocketed. His National Book Award-winning graphic novel memoir trilogy “March” rose from No. 451 to No. 1 and his autobiography “Walking With the Wind” rose from No. 8,701 to the No. 2 spot, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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