Bernie Sanders supporters pummel Civil Rights hero John Lewis on Twitter

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John Lewis: No One Better Prepared to Be President Than Hillary Clinton


Georgia congressman John Lewis was on the receiving end of Twitter's wrath after he appeared to dismiss Bernie Sanders' work during the civil rights era.

Lewis, a civil rights icon who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama was endorsing Hillary Clinton for president when he was asked about Sanders' participation in the civil rights movement.

"I never saw him. I never met him," Lewis said. "I chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years from 1963 to 1966. I was involved in the sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery and directed the voter education project for six years. I met Hillary Clinton, I met President Clinton."

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) meets with Reverend Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant on February 10, 2016 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The meeting comes after a strong victory for Senator Sanders in the New Hampshire primary. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) meets with Reverend Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant on February 10, 2016 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The meeting comes after a strong victory for Senator Sanders in the New Hampshire primary. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) meets with Reverend Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant on February 10, 2016 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The meeting comes after a strong victory for Senator Sanders in the New Hampshire primary. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) meets with Reverend Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant on February 10, 2016 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The meeting comes after a strong victory for Senator Sanders in the New Hampshire primary. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, raises a fist as he arrives for a breakfast meeting with Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, waves to media and supporters after a breakfast meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, escorts Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, as they arrive for a breakfast meeting at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Rev. Al Sharpton escorts Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. as they leave a breakfast meeting at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., raises a fist as he arrives for a breakfast meeting with Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Rev. Al Sharpton embraces Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. as they arrive for a breakfast meeting at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, embraces Rev. Al Sharpton before a breakfast meeting at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Rev. Al Sharpton, right, talks to the media after a breakfast meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Reverend Al Sharpton leave Sylvia's Restaurant after a meeting on February 10, 2016 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The meeting comes after a strong victory for Senator Sanders in the New Hampshire primary. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
CORRECTS FROM DEMOCRAT TO INDEPENDENT- FILE- In this Dec. 18, 2008 file photo, Caroline Kennedy follows Rev. Al Sharpton, through the front door of Sylvia's Restaurant, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, Thursday Dec. 18, 2008. Sharpton will have breakfast with Democratic Presidential candidate, Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, on Wednesday, Feb. 10. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
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That apparently didn't sit will with Sanders supporters. Lewis quickly became a top trending topic on Thursday, with some trolling Lewis on Twitter:

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I'm soooo done w/ the civil rights generation. i can't even right now. https://t.co/gyMdXCIWxE
John Lewis must have Alzheimer's
Maybe Bernie was just in the bathroom when John Lewis was around. Like some Curb Your Enthusiasm episode.
What John Lewis does or doesn't remember changes no minds. What the candidates believe or don't believe changes minds.
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— Very Serious People™ (@TheXclass) February 11, 2016

Lewis made his remarks on Capitol Hill, where members of the Congressional Black Caucus' political action committee officially endorsed Clinton.

The remarks come as the two Democratic presidential candidates are gearing up for the crucial Southern states primaries where the African-American vote could tip the balance.

As Mother Jones reported, Sanders was involved in the chapter of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) while a college student during the 1960s.

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