Although we praise Trump for giving our interests a listen, never forget that Trump is no White Nationalist. He’s smart enough to know the truth about Martin Luther King.
Trump’s Tweet of praise for MLK is digusting, but all politicians are disgusting to a degree. We take what we can get from Trump and try to ignore the rest.
Donald Trump cancelled plans to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the recently opened Smithsonian Museum of African-American History in Washington, D.C., and will meet with King’s son instead.
A spokesperson for Trump cited scheduling issues as the reason he will not be able to mark the holiday at the museum.
On Monday morning, Trump tweeted about the slain civil rights hero and his legacy.
King’s son, Martin Luther King III, will go to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City to meet with the president-elect and discuss the legacy the “I Have a Dream” speechmaker left behind.
The news comes after a weekend of fallout between civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis and the soon-to-be 45th U.S. president.
Lewis appeared on Meet the Press over the weekend and said that he does not see Trump as “a legitimate president” following the intelligence that Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election and Trump’s alleged ties to the former communist country.
Trump called the civil rights leader and man who once marched with Martin Luther King Jr. across the bridge in Selma “all talk.”
MLK III had a good vibe from meeting the President-elect.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eldest son came to Trump Tower with a handful of colleagues affiliated with the Drum Major Institute, a progressive public policy think tank where he is president. After it ended, he told reporters there they had a “constructive” discussion.
“It is very clear that the system is not working at its maximum” when it comes to voter participant, he said, and Trump said repeatedly “that he is going to represent all Americans… I believe that’s his intent. I believe we have to consistently engage with pressure, public pressure. It doesn’t happen automatically, my father and his team understood that, did that.”
The private session at Trump Tower with civil rights advocates, on the same day the nation is honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, represented a mix of symbolism and substance. King III has campaigned for years to establish a form of free government photo identification that could make it easier for Americans who lack a driver’s license or other official ID to cast ballots. He and the other attendees, including the Rev. James A. Forbes, have urged Trump to endorse the idea of making such identification free.