Incoming Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway stood by President-elect Donald Trump in his recent feud with Rep. John Lewis, an Atlanta Democrat and Civil Rights leader.

"Lewis is a Civil Rights legend... that's why it's disappointing someone with that platform" would use it to accuse a president-elect of not being elected fairly, Conway said.

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She said Trump again confirmed his status as a "counter-puncher", as he had responded to a televised slight from Lewis rather than attacking the Georgian first.

"You can respect Lewis' place in history and still defend yourself," she said.

Reacting to Martin Luther King III's meeting with Trump, Conway said she was heartened by the fact he would spend the holiday devoted to his father, who was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. in 1968, with Trump's team.

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