Steve Bannon said he thinks Martin Luther King 'would be proud' of Trump

Lowenna Waters
Thursday 24 May 2018 16:00
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Steve Bannon has said that he thinks Martin Luther King 'would be proud' of Donald Trump because he has reduced unemployment among the black community.

Speaking on BBC 2's Newsnight, Donald Trump's former chief strategist said:

If you look at the policies of Donald Trump, anybody... Martin Luther King would be proud of him, of what he’s done for the black and Hispanic community for jobs.

He then clarified his point when pressed by the interviewer:

You don’t think Martin Luther King would be proud? Look at the unemployment we had in the black community five years ago.You don’t think Martin Luther King would sit there and go ‘Yes, you’re putting young black men and women to work.

Twitter, however, was less convinced by the claim.

In a string of tweets, Bernice King, Martin Luther King's daughter, also flatly denied Bannon's claims.

Bernice is an active campaigner for civil rights. Recently, she called for a boycott on Waffle House, after a black customer was choke slammed outside one of its restaurants.

This isn't the first time this week she's had to defend herself and her beliefs against the 'alt-right' this week. On Tuesday, a white alt-right man attempted to 'whitesplain' her own father's doctrine to her on Twitter.

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