My friend Ruth Malhotra is one of the most respectful people I know.

And on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I cannot think of two better examples to show Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis how to respectfully disagree with President-elect Donald Trump than Ruth and MLK’s niece, Dr. Alveda King.

Both appeared on “Fox & Friends” to voice their respectful disagreement with the Democrat representing¬†Georgia’s fifth district.

But first, here’s a little backstory on the Lewis-Trump feud.

In short, Rep. Lewis is boycotting the inauguration because he doesn’t believe Donald Trump is “a legitimate president.” He said this because “the Russians participated in helping this man get elected” and “helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”

The President-elect responded on Twitter:

“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!”

And of course, Rep. Lewis said Trump “attacked” him on Twitter.

But here’s a real lesson in civility from two people who admire Rep. Lewis:

Ruth is a constituent of Congressman Lewis’ district, and she penned a letter to him on Facebook kindly asking him to reconsider his boycott of the inauguration, saying, “Such rhetoric is not grounded in reality and is not only irresponsible but dangerous to our democracy.”

Here is the full letter, including a picture of when Ruth met Congressman Lewis at the airport:

And on “Fox & Friends,” Malhotra reiterated what she said in her letter:

“It sets a terrible precedent…We need unity,” she said.

And MLK’s niece, Dr. Alveda King gave her respectful opinion as well.

Instead of boycotting Trump, King believes “that Congressman Lewis can actually help America by working with the President.”

We are all thankful for individuals who fought for Civil Rights for everyone, but just like Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”

Like Ruth and Dr. Alveda King said, we need to unite and work together to move forward.

Let’s hope Rep. Lewis listens to them and changes his mind.

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January 16, 2017