Jeffrey Lord and Symone Sanders on CNN

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CNN analyst calls Trump the ‘Martin Luther King of healthcare,’ gets shut down

Political analysis doesn't get much more heated than this.

 

Andrew Couts

Tech

Published Apr 13, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 5:37 pm CDT

President Donald Trump may want to create a list of topics his surrogates just shouldn’t mention on national television.

Days after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized for incorrectly saying that Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons on fellow Germans, CNN’s leading pro-Trump analyst Jeffrey Lord has similarly stuck his foot in his mouth—by calling Trump the “Martin Luther King of healthcare.”

“When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the Civil Rights bill because he said it wasn’t popular, he didn’t have the votes for it. Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm’s way to put the pressure on,” Lord explained in an attempt to justify his comparison.

Symone Sanders, a regular CNN commentator and former press secretary for the Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, quickly shut him down.

https://twitter.com/SymoneDSanders/status/852498247067291648

“OK, Jeffrey. You do understand that Dr. King was marching for Civil Rights because people that looked like me were being beaten?” Sanders said. “Dogs were being sicced on them? Basic human rights were being withheld from these people merely because of the color of their skin? So let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a humanitarian, a Nobel Peace Prize winner—to the vagina-grabbing President Donald Trump.”

Television news, everyone.

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*First Published: Apr 13, 2017, 12:15 pm CDT