As millions of Americans commemorated the legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., presidential counsellor Kellyanne Conway railed against the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, set to begin in the Senate on Tuesday.
The President, who leaves for the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday night, has no public plans to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, prompting reporters to ask Kellyanne how he intended to celebrate.
Kellyanne Conway tells NBC Trump is observing King Day by going to Davos and fighting things injustices like impeac… https://t.co/O3u3QVSrcd— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1579547522.0
"The President is preparing for Davos and agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and agrees for many years, including unity and equality...[W]hen you see the articles of impeachment that came out, I don't think it was Dr. King's vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged bribery, extortion, high crimes and misdemeanors."
Dr. King spent his life transforming the societal landscape of the United States with his efforts to mobilize working class Black Americans against the systemic racism enshrined by those in power. He was spied on by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and eventually assassinated for his efforts.
King was doing this around the same time Trump was dodging the draft thanks to a bad case of bone spurs.
People weren't here for Kellyanne cheapening Dr. King's name and life's work by using him to defend the likes of Trump.
Revisionist history in real time https://t.co/qU9bnFFigD— Marietta (@Marietta) 1579549826.0
I am so angry that this person, who wouldn’t know the truth if it punched her in the face, invoked MLK today in sup… https://t.co/8SBJOyvRGQ— Teresa Day (@Teresa Day) 1579552095.0
Remember that time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted all his time and energy to opposing the rich guy being held… https://t.co/iyBHhLpElc— Claire Splan | Warren 2020 (@Claire Splan | Warren 2020) 1579548987.0
Cannot roll eyes hard enough... https://t.co/FElUn2F9gG— John Laprise, Ph.D. (@John Laprise, Ph.D.) 1579548640.0
@joshtpm “Dr King was adamantly opposed to executive accountability” is real LOL insanity— Grudge of Whales (@Grudge of Whales) 1579547616.0
Wow. This is just... wow. https://t.co/rnQCmgmG2M— Brandon A. Dorfman (@Brandon A. Dorfman) 1579550347.0
@joshtpm Un-freaking-real the things that come out of her mouth.— Mike Moore (@Mike Moore) 1579553614.0
Meanwhile, the President used "MLK jr" Day to boast the Black unemployment rate, which is at a record low thanks to policies implemented by former President Barack Obama.
It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office. So appropriate that today is… https://t.co/9B4TTKo3k3— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1579550380.0
Trump was endorsed by David Duke, the former head of the Ku Klux Klan.