During yesterday’s national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Sunny Hostin shamelessly used the late civil rights icon to shame supporters of President Donald Trump.
Hostin took issue with former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, and first lady Melania Trump quoting King to honor him on the holiday.
“I remember the time when someone like Jemele Hill came forward and called Donald Trump a racist and lost her job because of that, received death threats because of that,” Hostin said. “I remember Collin Kaepernick getting canceled because he stood up for people and stood up for the police brutality that Black men were experiencing.”
“And remember that Dr. King was called an enemy of the state, was trailed by the FBI, was called a troublemaker because he was talking about race, talking about the evils, the three evils, which in 1967 for him were racism, poverty and the war in Vietnam,” she continued.
Not stopping there, Hostin went on to specifically call out people by name who she felt should not be allowed to quote King.
“We saw an insurrection on our nation’s Capitol,” she said. “We saw that there are people just like Dr. King said that would much rather have white supremacy rather than this multiracial democracy that he wished for. So, I would say that in order for us to really live out his legacy, his dream, is that we must demand truth before unity.”
“I saw today, unbelievably, in my view, Ted Cruz, Kayleigh McEnany, Ronna McDaniel, Melania Trump, quoting Dr. King, tweeting Dr. King. Those are the same people, like Melania Trump with this birther lie, Ted Cruz challenging the Electoral College. Kayleigh McEnany over and over again with her propaganda,” Hostin added.
“How dare they. How dare they try to quote Dr. King on the celebration of his birthday when they enabled, enabled a racist president causing this insurrection and attack on our democracy. So while we have some progress, we just have such a long way to go,” Hostin concluded.
We would say “how dare” Hostin tell people who can and can’t honor a late civil rights hero. Who does she think she is?
This piece was written by James Samson on January 19, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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