By John Ruch

President-elect Donald Trump has blasted U.S. Rep. John Lewis’s 5th Congressional District as being in “horrible shape,” “falling apart” and “crime-infested” in a series of early-morning tweets on Twitter.

Trump was responding to an NBC News interview where Lewis stated that Trump as not a “legitimate president” due to alleged Russian government tampering in the election.

In the two tweets, Trump’s full comment stated:

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk–no action or results. Sad!”

The 5th Congressional District covers most of the city of Atlanta while also extending south into Clayton County and east into the Druid Hills area.

Parts of the district have significant crime rates, and Atlanta is tackling a range of infrastructure issues with a series of bond-funded projects. However, the district also includes such booming areas and institutions as Atlanta’s Downtown and Midtown; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Emory University; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Buckhead is among the wealthiest neighborhoods in the entire South.

Trump had planned to build a branded hotel tower on West Peachtree Street in Midtown before the economic recession.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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