MLK’s daughter, Bernice King, tweeted a screenshot of the ad and criticised Trump for using her father’s image.
I find President Trump’s use of my father’s image in his political ad beyond insulting and not reflective of MLK’s commitment to creating the beloved community. My father should not be used in ways strongly misaligned with his vision and values.
In a three-part thread, she explained why her father’s views are misaligned with Trump’s vision.
My father was working for an America with leaders who have answered the call to conscience and compassionate action.
He said: ‘We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity. Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the pressing urgencies of the great cause of freedom.
The ad, which initially talks about possibility and motivation, ends with images of looting and protests.
MLK is not the only civil rights leader included in the video.
Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era, was also in it.
His family were equally outraged.
Robinson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson, wrote: “The Trump campaign is in opposition to all that Jackie Robinson stood for and believed in. We’re insulted and demand that his image be removed.”
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