WATCH: Martin Luther King III on Donald Trump: We Must ‘Work on This Man’s Heart’

Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., issued an emotional rebuke of President Donald Trump during a sermon on Monday. Preaching to crowded pews on what would have been his father’s 89th birthday, King said of Trump, “the president insisted 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.”

King added that “the problem is that you have a president who says things and has the power to execute and create racism. That’s a dangerous power and a dangerous position. We cannot tolerate that.”

Mr. King, poignantly referencing Trump’s recent and unmistakably racist remarks about immigrants, refused to give up hope.

“We got to find a way to work on this man’s heart. George Wallace was a staunch racist and we worked on his heart and ultimately George Wallace transformed.”

Wallace, coincidentally the 45th governor of Alabama, was a staunch racist and segregationist. Most notably, Wallace fought to prevent the integration of Alabama’s public schools. Wallace eventually renounced racism toward the end of his life.

President Trump purportedly referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers last Thursday. In the meeting, Trump also said he would prefer immigrants who came from Norway, having met with the country’s prime minister earlier that day. President Trump has denied he made racist remarks. “I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person that you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you,” the president said.

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