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Bernice A. King, speaking at a 2014 event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Bernice A. King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is standing up to the dangerous rhetoric of Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, Trump made one of his most inflammatory statements yet, when he “joked” about the possible assassination of Hillary Clinton, should she become President of the United States.
During a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump said: “If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”
While a spokesperson for the Trump campaign later defended the statement, claiming he was really talking about the “power of unification,” his comments have been condemned by the Clinton campaign and across social media.
One of the most important voices to speak out was Dr. King’s daughter, Bernice A. King, an activist who is currently the CEO of the King Center. On Tuesday evening, she posted a response to Trump’s comments that pretty much sums up what made the presidential candidates words so unacceptable:
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) August 9, 2016
Assassination is no joking matter, and certainly not one that should be so flippantly mentioned in the speech of someone running for president. Of course, Trump has gotten away with saying a lot of awful things. But hopefully this recent comment, and the powerful responses of people like Bernice A. King, will give at least some of the people supporting Trump something to consider before they vote.