Besides posting on Twitter his call for Americans to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President-elect Donald Trump received the son of the civil rights icon today at Trump Tower. Martin Luther King III said in the lobby of the building that the meeting with Trump was “constructive.”
The son of the revered civil rights leader, when asked what his father’s message to Trump would be, answered: “I think my father would be concerned about the fact that there are 50 million people living in poverty in this country. We have to create a climate for all votes to be lifted. It’s insanity we have poor people in nation.”
“When we work together, we know we can roll up our sleeves,” he said. “There is nothing we as Americans can’t do.”
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, King told reporters that he provided Trump with a "solution" to ensure the voting rights of all Americans. That solution, said King, "would at least give everyone an I.D." During the run-up to the election, Democrats and progressives frequently proclaimed that some voters, particularly the elderly and minorities, are unable to obtain identification that meets standards set by the states in order to vote. So far, the U.S. has no national form of identification, as is the case in many other countries.
The pair met after a weekend flurry of discussion online and among television pundit over a social media exchange between Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). In an interview that aired on January 13, Lewis said that it would be “very difficult” to cooperate with Trump in the coming years, adding that Trump is not a “legitimate president.”
Trump responded by saying that Lewis should pay more attention to crime in his own congressional district and help him address the problems of inner cities.
With regard to that exchange, King said: “Things get said on both sides in the heat of emotion.” Observers have noted that it was Lewis who got the ball rolling with his remarks on January 13. Lewis suggested that Russian meddling ensured that Hillary Clinton would lose the election. He is a member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Martin Luther King III speaks out on John Lewis-Trump exchange; "Things get said on both sides in the heat of emotion" pic.twitter.com/WeFPr7HUc5— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 16, 2017
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all of the many wonderful things that he stood for. Honor him for being the great man that he was!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2017