Rep John Lewis, D-Georgia, is a hero of the civil rights movement, something that has allowed him to say alarming things more recently. Lewis has declared that Donald Trump is not a “legitimate” president because of what he sees as Russian influence in his election. Trump, who generally never gives anyone a pass when they attack him, was not amused and said so in a series of tweets, according to The Hill.

“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!”

To be sure, Lewis had also declared George W. Bush to be “illegitimate” as well because of the Florida recount kerfuffle. Lewis intends to boycott Trump’s inauguration along with a handful of other Democrats. The event promises to be the venue of civil protest by a variety of groups that are irate at the election of the businessman turned politician.

Lewis’ declaration, while eyebrow raising, is symptomatic of a larger problem that the left has with Donald Trump. The Democrats cannot quite grasp that Trump beat them at the polls and are casting about for excuses as to why that happened. Everything from “fake news” to FBI Director Comey’s open flirting with prosecuting Hillary Clinton is being blamed.

Alleged Russian hacking is just the latest manifestation of the Democrats being stuck in the denial stage of grief.

There may be some method to the madness of liberals like Lewis in that they are trying to delegitimize Trump even before he is sworn in. Two major problems exist with that strategy. The gambit is likely to drive more people, even those who are dubious of Trump, to support the soon to be president.

Also, the president election is not shy about hitting back at his enemies. His Twitter account has become one of the deadliest political weapons in history. His enemies have become rightly afraid of being Trump’s target on social media. Lewis, who has been given a pass so far because of his civil rights record, may want to think on that.