The daughter of Martin Luther King has shot down a claim the late icon of the U.S. civil rights movements would have been “proud of” Donald Trump.
In tweets, Bernice King rejected Steve Bannon’s claim that King would be proud of Trump’s immigration policies.
Mr Bannon “has dangerously and erroneously co-opted my father’s name, work and words,” Ms King wrote.
The assertion “wholly ignores Daddy’s commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc. being treated with dignity and respect,” she wrote.
Mr Bannon, Mr Trump’s former chief strategist, said Wednesday on BBC Newsnight program that “if you look at the policies of Donald Trump, anybody — Martin Luther King — would be proud of him, of what he’s done for the black and Hispanic community for jobs.”
He told BBC that King would have approved of the president’s anti-immigration policies as they stop “illegal alien labour forces” from competing with black Americans for jobs everyday.
However, Ms King said the claim has ignored many of Mr King’s values, and her father would be “extremely disturbed” by recent events.
“My father’s concerns were not sectional, but global. He was an activist for the civil rights of Black people in America, but he was also an activist for human rights,” she tweeted.
“Further, he would not refer to people as ‘illegal aliens.’ The term is degrading and does not reflect his belief that we are all a part of the human family,” she added.
Mr Bannon was chief executive of the Trump campaign in its final three months during the 2016 U.S. elections.
He became the chief strategist after Mr Trump took office in January 2017 and left the White House in August.