John Lewis to headline a 'resistance summer' against Trump

Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis became a symbol for Democrats' resistance to Donald Trump's presidency earlier this year after he stated the Republican wasn't a "legitimate president" and skipped his inauguration and first address to Congress. Now he's promoting a new party initiative known as "resistance summer."

The civil rights icon will be appearing on a party podcast with Keith Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, tonight to hype the effort, which "seeks to bring Americans together to resist the powers that are trying to rig the system against working families.

From a DNC press release:

"Our work is inspired and influenced by 60 years of civil rights organizing and resistance. It will help Democrats lay a new foundation for our ground game not only in 2018 and 2020, but right now.


The Democratic Party will hire organizers across the country to build the Democratic resistance. Those organizers will help recruit and train thousands of volunteers and help spark nationwide mobilization against the Trump agenda."

Lewis has stepped up his criticism of Trump even more since his inauguration, appearing at Atlanta's bustling airport to protest the president's immigration order. And he's championed the candidacy of Democrat Jon Ossoff as he aims for an upset victory in Georgia's 6th District.

You'll be able to watch it here.

Insider's note: This item was ripped and expanded from the Morning Jolt.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is a senior reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's enterprise team, where she covers women in society, LGBTQ issues, the urban-rural...