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Rep. John Lewis, target of Donald Trump, on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at the confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 11.

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Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at the confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 11.

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Civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who sparked Donald Trump's ire when he said he doesn't view Trump's presidency as "legitimate" is the keynote speaker today at the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence event in Miami.

Trump fired back on twitter saying that the Georgia 5th congressional district, represented by Lewis, is "in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)."

PolitiFact ruled that claim Mostly False. The district isn’t in as terrible economic shape as Trump suggests. While it has higher unemployment and poverty rates than the national average, it still has a thriving economic hub in Atlanta and higher educational attainment. Atlanta does have a much higher crime rate than the national average, but like most major cities, that has been in decline. (Read Linda Qiu's fact-check here.)

Here's a look at Lewis' Truth-O-Meter record including his claims about black children and school discipline, crime and prison statistics and the costs associated with the Voting Rights Act.

[Last modified: Monday, January 16, 2017 12:37pm]

    

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