The opinions held by the president and some of his closest allies about immigrants and other minority groups in the United States aren’t exactly a secret. The president came into office promising to build a wall in between us and Mexico and promising to ban Muslims from entering the United States, although he hasn’t had the opportunity to fully fulfill those aims of his yet.
He has expressed his disillusionment with disenfranchised groups in the United States through other means, as well, such as his repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has provided health coverage and care to millions of Americans.
Despite all of this, the president and his allies showed little hesitation in marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this past Wednesday with an array of laudatory messages.
Bernice King, daughter of the civil rights icon, wasn’t impressed.
Taking to the president’s favorite platform for sharing statements, she pointed out the massive discrepancy between the president and his allies’ actions and words, writing:
‘Many who tweeted about my father today would have hated him 50 years ago. He was for the eradication of poverty and caring for poor people. No human was an alien to him because he believed this is a World House. And he asserted that inequality in healthcare is most inhumane.’
Indeed; the lessons of Dr. King’s life are ones that the president and his closest allies could hardly be said to have learned at this point.