U.S. Rep. John Lewis makes inspiring speech on MLK Day
One side-effect of Rep. John Lewis' heated and very public spate with President-elect Donald Trump: ballooning interest in books written by the civil rights icon.
The Georgia Democrat's memoir, "Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement," was sold out on Amazon and was the site's No. 2 bestseller. Used copies of the hardcover edition were going for nearly $100.
Claiming the top spot on the list was another book by Lewis: "March," a graphic-novel trilogy about the civil rights movement. The third installment of the trilogy won the National Book Award last year.
The site listed both books as "temporarily out of stock." Sales for both had ballooned more than 100,000 percent, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Disclosure: Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, is also the owner of the The Washington Post.)
This weekend, Lewis said he didn't see Trump as a legitimate president and wouldn't be attending the inauguration for the first time in 30 years, according to The Washington Post's Aaron Blake.
Key to his decision, Lewis said, was Russia's alleged hacking of the presidential election, which the congressman argues helped Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
Trump struck back on Twitter, saying Lewis needed to focus on his congressional district, "which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results."
Trump said Lewis is "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results."
The growing feud widened a rift that's existed between Trump and the Congressional Black Caucus since Trump questioned whether Barack Obama was born in the United States and could legitimately be elected president. Obama produced a birth certificate in 2012.
On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Lewis said he would not invite Trump to visit Selma, Alabama, with him. Lewis has invited various politicians to the site of historic marches for voting rights, including Vice President-elect Mike Pence.