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Pastor of MLK's church: Trump is a 'small man' for slamming Lewis

The pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s church said Saturday that President-elect Donald Trump should learn from Rep. John Lewis rather than disparage the civil rights icon.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock  of Ebenezer Baptist Church said Trump "continually demonstrates that he is too small a man for the big responsibility he now assumes."

"John Lewis has spent his life serving others. Trump has spent his life serving himself," said Warnock, whose historic Atlanta church is the spiritual home of King's family. "Rather than sending nasty tweets, he ought to sit at John Lewis' feet and learn what service, sacrifice and integrity look like."

The Republican called the Atlanta district that Lewis represents a "crime infested" area that is "falling apart," a day after the Democrat told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he will skip Trump’s inauguration next week because he doesn't see him as a "legitimate president."

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.