Jeffrey Lord, the conservative political commentator, shocked a fellow CNN panelist on Thursday morning by comparing the commander in chief to America’s late civil rights icon on the issue of health care.
“I want to say something here that I know will probably drive Symone crazy,” Lord said during a discussion with liberal commentator Symone Sanders. “But think of President Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care.”
Sanders, the former national press secretary for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, was aghast.
“Oh, Jeffrey! Jeffrey! Jeffrey!” she exclaimed, as Lord tried to explain the comparison. You do understand that Dr. King was marching for civil rights because people that look like me were being beaten,” Sanders said. “Dogs were being sicced on them. Basic human rights were being violated for these people merely because of the color of their skin.””
“When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill. He didn’t have the votes for it,” Lord said. “Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm’s way to put the pressure on so that the bill would be introduced. That’s what finally worked. “
Sanders added: “So let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner, to the vagina-grabbing President Donald Trump.
Lord said Trump is simply doing for health care what King did for civil rights.
Sanders added: “So let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner, to the vagina-grabbing President Donald Trump.”