Jeffery Lord was losing control of a conversation on CNN and threw intelligent thought to the wind. When he couldn’t defend Trump’s choice to use the lives 7 million of the poorest Americans as little more than bargaining chips, he decided instead to make an asinine comparison and try to derail the discussion. That comparison: Trump is like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..
When I was a kid, the president [Lyndon Johnson] didn’t want to introduce the civil rights bill because he did not have the votes for it,” Lord explained. “Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm’s way to put pressure on for the bill to be put forward.”
The comparison, as he, himself, acknowledged, was designed to upset Symone Sanders, the other panelist. When he called Trump the MLK of healthcare because he was willing to put those 7 million in harm’s way to get their health care taken away from the rest of them, she slapped it down with a fiery and justified attack:
“Dr. King was marching for civil rights because people that looked like me were being beaten,” she shot back. “Basic human rights were being denied to these people merely because of the color of the skin. Let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — a humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner — to the vagina-grabbing President Donald Trump.”
There is no question that a president who sees his citizen’s lives as little more than a means to a cynical end is in no way comparable to Dr. Martin Luther King, who fought for civil rights. Lord’s comparison was based on Lyndon B. Johnson not having the votes to push through civil rights legislation but MLK putting people “in harm’s way” in the streets to push the issue.
Chuck Schumer has vowed that this will not work, Democrats won’t respond to his hostage taking. Trump’s choice to withhold funding, which puts 7 million Americans at risk, isn’t heroic, it is dastardly and underhanded. “This cynical strategy will fail,” said Schumer.
Also, as Symone Sanders notes at the end of the panel, a Kaiser poll has made it clear: the American people will know who to blame if Healthcare isn’t fixed, and it is Donald Trump — not the Democrats.
There is no comparison here, especially not between these two men. One fought for all Americans and the other is little more than a television shock-jock who sees all Americans as a great way to get rich — if you find the right scam, ahem, Trump University.
Watch as Sanders rains down hellfire on the instigating Lord:
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