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US: Opposition heads to Washington for Trump’s crowning

DONALD TRUMP declared yesterday that “people are pouring into Washington in record numbers” ahead of his inauguration — but unfortunately for the president-elect most appeared to be for demonstrations against him.

US citizens have been staging mass protests against the race-baiting property mogul in the week leading up to his inauguration, which will take place on Friday.

Teachers will march tomorrow in a bid to “reclaim our schools” and a gigantic women’s march will target the misogynist new president on Saturday.

Mr Trump continued yesterday with his attacks on Congressman John Lewis, who has challenged the legitimacy of Mr Trump’s election victory. He accused Mr Lewis of being “all talk.”

Mr Lewis was a leader of the 1960s civil rights movement who had his skull shattered by police in Selma, Alabama.

Mr Trump added that Mr Lewis “should finally focus on the burning and crimeinfested inner cities of the US,” with “inner cities” being outdated code for black communities. Unemployment, poverty and crime are high in black areas as a result of decades of government economic policy and still-widespread racial discrimination.

Mr Trump’s fellow Republican loudmouth Paul LePage, the governor of Maine, said that Mr Lewis needed a history lesson about all of the wonderful things white people had done for black people in the US.

“It was Abraham Lincoln that freed the slaves. It was Rutherford B Hayes and Ulysses S Grant that fought against Jim Crow laws,” said Mr LePage.

“A simple ‘thank you’ would suffice.”

Grant was president before the racist Jim Crow laws, and Hayes’s presidency laid the ground for them.

As a testament to their lasting achievements, black people are now locked up in state prisons at over five times the rate of whites.

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