George Graham

An Illegitimate Presidency?


Civil rights icon John Lewis (above) says Trump’s presidency is illegitimate. He refuses to attend Friday’s inauguration ceremony. And he has some pundits shaking their heads in dismay.

But what if Lewis is right? And I think he might be.

Representative Lewis questions the legitimacy of Trump’s election because he is convinced it was the result of the Russian government’s interference.

I think Americans have a right to know just how big a part the Russians played in America’s presidential election. And if it turns out that Vladimir Putin’s  interference was a deciding factor, the election should be declared illegal.

There seems to be no doubt that the Russian government tried to  help Trump get elected. Did their meddling decide the outcome? Inquiring minds want to know.

Until an independent inquiry unearths the facts, a shadow hangs over Trump’s election.

I can see why Americans like John Lewis might question Trump’s authority as president until the legitimacy of his presidency is clarified.

Lewis observed in a recent tweet that:

Our nation has at times created & enforced unjust laws. It is up to people of conscience to expose such injustice through nonviolent means

If Trump’s election is shown to be “unjust,” it will be up to “the people” not only to “expose” it but also  to contest it.

If the Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, drag their feet in ordering an independent – and expeditious – investigation, “the people” must take action.

If I were a political leader, I would call for a general strike across America if Congress doesn’t immediately oder an independent probe.

And I certainly would not attend those inauguration celebrations.

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for