King III says “in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said,” as he gets questioned by journalists about Trump’s tweets attacking Lewis.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 16, 2017) (RESTRICTED POOL) – Martin Luther King III met with President-elect Donald Trump at his Trump Tower, in New York, on Monday (January 16), a national holiday designated for honoring the memory of the late Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK).
King approached the media representatives after walking away and took some questions.
“We did have a very constructive meeting. Someone will write up the modern civil rights movement was the right to vote,” King told reporters citing his father’s work and Congressman John Lewis’s past work on this topic.
Asked about Trump’s comments about Lewis King said “No absolutely I would say John Lewis has demonstrated that he’s action. As I said things get said on both sides in the heat of emotion and at some point this nation we’ve got to move forward, we can’t stay on. I mean people literally are probably dying”.
Earlier today the daughter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King marked the holiday that honors her father by siding with the African-American congressman and activist Trump in an imbroglio that erupted over the weekend.
Lewis, 76, a contemporary of King’s who endured beatings and jail time in the fight for racial equality in the 1960s, said in a televised interview that he saw Trump’s election as illegitimate because of Russian tampering in the campaign, drawing a scornful response from Trump.
The Trump-Lewis exchange began when Lewis told NBC News in segments of an interview released on Friday that he would not attend Trump’s inauguration in part because “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”
He referred to the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia used hacking and other methods to try to help Trump, a Republican, defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election.
Trump was withering in his response the following day, saying in tweets that Lewis, a revered figure who risked his life for civil rights, was “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results.”