Bernice King slams Bannon for saying MLK would be proud of Trump

Bernice King, daughter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., recently blasted Steve Bannon for “dangerously and erroneously” using her father’s name.

“Steve Bannon has dangerously and erroneously co-opted my father’s name, work and words. Bannon’s assertion that my father, MLK, would be proud of Donald Trump wholly ignores Daddy’s commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc. being treated with dignity and respect,” she wrote in a series of tweets last week.

King continued, “he would never pit one group against another in the struggle for justice, as Bannon attempts to use him to do in discussing those he termed as ‘illegal aliens’ and Black people.”

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“My father would be extremely disturbed by the climate created by leaders, who have emboldened people to easily express and demonstrate cruelty, predominantly toward people of color and immigrants. Finally, MLK would be proud of a livable wage for all and not merely a low unemployment rate,” she added.

Bannon, who served as White House chief strategist, made the comment in a recent interview with the BBC’s “Newsnight.”

“Martin Luther King would be proud of [President Trump] — what he’s done for the black and Hispanic community for jobs,” Bannon said.