Martin Luther King's Son: Trump's Heart Needs Work

Martin Luther King III spoke in Washington on Monday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2018 2:20 PM CST
Martin Luther King's Son: Trump's Heart Needs Work
Martin Luther King III, right, with his wife Arndrea Waters, left, and their daughter Yolanda, 9, center, during their visit to the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest son is calling out President Trump following accusations the president used a vulgarity to describe African countries during a meeting last week and expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway. Martin Luther King III spoke in Washington on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. "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," he said, per the AP.

"We got to find a way to work on this man's heart," he added in reference to Trump. Referring to former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, King said: "George Wallace was a staunch racist and we worked on his heart and ultimately George Wallace transformed." The Hill reports that Wallace famously uttered the line "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" in 1963. As for what Trump is doing today, CNN reports that while presidents have called for the MLK holiday to be a "day of service" since 1994, the president golfed at his West Palm Beach, Florida, club and had no other events on his public schedule beyond a flight back to DC.

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