Martin Luther King Jr.’s children speak out against Trump on MLK day

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Dr. Bernice King, daughter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and CEO of the King Center speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. 46th Annual Commemorative Service in Atlanta, Georgia, January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

While the nation recently commemorated the life and teachings of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, his children used the holiday as a platform to speak out against President Donald Trump and his recent controversial comments directed toward other countries.

Rev. Bernice King, the youngest child of Rev. Dr. King, addressed the congregation at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. This was where her father served as a pastor from 1960 to 1968. Rev. Bernice spoke about the importance of America’s collective voice.

“Our collective voice in this hour must always be louder than the voice of one who may speak sometimes representing these United States, whose words sometimes do not reflect that legacy of my father,” she said.

“We cannot allow the nations of the world to embrace the words that come from our president as a reflection of the true spirit of America,” Rev. Bernice added.

Meanwhile, in Washington, Martin Luther King III also spoke out about the president during an event celebrating the legacy of his father. “When a president insists that our nation needs more citizens from white states like Norway, I don’t even think we need to spend any time even talking about what it says and what it is,” said King III.

He also added that “we got to find a way to work on this man’s heart.”

The statements come just days after Trump was accused of having referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “sh*thole countries” during a bipartisan meeting with senators about immigration. In his alleged statements, the president suggested that the United States should admit more people from places like Norway, instead of poor countries.

Trump has since denied using that language during the meeting, but he admitted that the language he used was tough. Following his incendiary comments, Trump told journalists that he is the least racist person they have ever interviewed.