ATLANTA — As the nation paid tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., some of his relatives sharply criticized President Trump on Monday over his outlook on race and its impact on the country almost half a century after Dr. King’s death.
“Our collective voice in this hour should usually be louder than the voice of 1 who may possibly speak occasionally representing these United States, whose words sometimes do not reflect that legacy of my father,” the Rev. Bernice King, Dr. King’s youngest child, said at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Addressing the congregation exactly where her father was a co-pastor among 1960 and 1968, Ms. King added, “We cannot let the nations of the globe to embrace the words that come from our president as a reflection of the accurate spirit of America.”
Ms. King’s remarks, for the duration of a crowded, upbeat occasion in Dr. King’s honor, came days following Mr. Trump was accused in a meeting about immigration of utilizing crude words to describe Haiti and African nations and of suggesting that the United States must admit much more men and women from areas like Norway.
Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters on Sunday evening in Florida, denied making any inflammatory remarks and flatly declared: “I’m not a racist. I am the least racist particular person that you have ever interviewed, that I can inform you.”
On Monday, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Ebenezer’s senior pastor, spoke of “a volcanic eruption of hate speech spewing” from the president. “Mr. Trump, you need to repent,” he said.
In Washington, Martin Luther King III, a son of Dr. King, noted Mr. Trump’s remarks and mentioned, “I do not even consider we need to have to commit any time even talking about what it says and what it is.”
“Now the problem is that you have a president who says things but has the power to execute and develop racism,” Mr. King mentioned. “That’s a unsafe energy and a harmful position, and we can not tolerate that. We’ve got to locate a way to function on this man’s heart.”
Although two of Dr. King’s adult youngsters spoke out against the president on Monday, an additional relative, in an interview on Fox News on Saturday, defended Mr. Trump. “President Trump is not a racist,” Alveda C. King, a niece of Dr. King and a former Georgia state legislator, told “Fox and Close friends.”
In short remarks at Ebenezer, Mr. Trump’s housing and urban improvement secretary, Ben Carson, suggested that he had issues about some of the remarks attributed to the president.
“I’m a member of this administration, and I don’t agree with the president about every thing or of how it’s mentioned,” mentioned Mr. Carson, who noted, to some laughter, that he did not “even agree with everything that I’ve mentioned.”
“There is anything to be stated about understanding messaging,” Mr. Carson mentioned, “and if the way you say things is so inflammatory that men and women cannot hear your message, it is not helpful, and that’s why I don’t do that anymore.”
Despite the partisan firestorm that has resulted from Mr. Trump’s remarks, elected officials in each parties publicly celebrated Dr. King’s perform in Georgia, his birthplace and the internet site of his marble-encased tomb along Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, wrote on Twitter that “Dr. King’s legacy is a guiding light.”
Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, mentioned it was a day to “honor and keep in mind the leadership and wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy continues to make a constructive distinction in the lives of numerous people in our state and about the world.”
For the duration of a pay a visit to to Georgia last week, Mr. Trump approved legislation that upgraded the designation of National Park Service sites that honor Dr. King in Atlanta. And on Friday, he signed a proclamation marking the vacation on Monday and encouraged “all Americans to observe this day with acts of civic function and neighborhood service in honor of Dr. King’s extraordinary life.”
The White Residence on Monday tweeted a video message from Mr. Trump in which he says that Dr. King’s dream is “the guarantee stitched into the fabric of our nation, etched into the hearts of our folks and written into the soul of humankind.”
Mr. Trump spent part of the holiday in Florida at the Trump International Golf Club, but White House officials did not confirm no matter whether he played golf.
Published at Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:24:05 +0000