April 25, 2015 Atlanta - Congressman John Lewis blows kisses to the crowd as he rides in the parade during the Inman Park Festival in Atlanta on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The two day festival featured artists, musicians, food, a tour of homes, the parade and activities for children. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL
Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

John Lewis’ fifth district residents respond to Trump’s comments with #defendthe5th, photos of neighborhood

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to target Atlanta as a “crime infested” area that is in “horrible shape.” 

His comments were in response to Rep. John Lewis, who made national headlines when he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he will skip the inauguration next week.

As Atlantans got wind of Trump’s tweets, they began flooding social media with photos of their fifth district neighborhoods using a variety of hashtags including #defendthe5th and #fifthdistrict. Here’s what some residents think of Trump’s criticism:

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