Bannon: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would ‘be proud’ of Trump’s boost to blacks and hispanics

Steve Bannon has once again argued that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would “be proud of what Donald Trump has done for black and Hispanic working class.”

The former White House chief strategist made the comment on ABC News’ “This Week” Sunday, to which host Jonathan Karl responded by saying, “I think there are a lot of civil rights leaders that would adamantly disagree with you on that.”

In fact, Dr. King’s daughter Bernice King retweeted a post from the Washington Post reporter Eugene Scott who referenced a similar claim Bannon had made previously with a response from Bernice herself saying, “Absolutely not.”

She also included a link to a Washington Post column from May in which Scott refutes Bannon who told the BBC, “If you look at the policies of Donald Trump, anybody — Martin Luther King — would be proud of him, what he’s done for the black and Hispanic community for jobs. It’s the lowest unemployment in recorded history. You don’t think Martin Luther King would be proud?”

At the time, Bernice King tweeted in response, “#SteveBannon 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.”

As for Bannon’s contention that the president has helped the minority working class, NPR reported earlier this month that the black unemployment rate has fallen significantly to 5.9 percent but the decline appears to be part of a long-term trend that began years before Trump took office.