Several Democratic lawmakers piled racist accusations on President Donald Trump in speeches dedicated to remembering the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. over the weekend.
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While speaking at an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) told the audience, "We have a hater in the White House." He then called Trump "the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," likening the president to a Ku Klux Klan leader, according to the Huffington Post.
Fox News reported that on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in a speech, "I must tell you, today we talk about justice and today we talk about racism, and I must tell you: It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist."
Sanders continued, "We have a president of the United States who has done something that no other president in modern history has done. What a president is supposed to do is bring us together. And we have a president intentionally, purposely — he is trying to divide us up by the color of our skin, by our gender, by the country we came from, by our religion."
Former Vice President Joe Biden took a veiled swing at President Trump by accusing him of inciting racism since becoming commander in chief, saying "We've learned in the last two years it doesn't take much to awaken hate, to bring those folks out from under the rocks. That part of American society has always been there, will always be there, but has been legitimized."
During an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said, "What President Trump is doing is creating fear, and division, and a darkness across this country that I've never seen before." She continued, "What President Trump is doing is destroying the moral fabric of what this country stands for."
Gillibrand — who is running for president in 2020 — stood by her recent assertion that Trump's immigration policies were racist while condemning her own previous position as a "firm opponent of amnesty for illegal aliens." She told Tapper of the president, "I think what he's done is so horrible, and so mean-spirited, that I am nothing like him and never will be, because my values haven't changed."
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Washington on Monday following criticism that the White House had not planned any official events to mark the holiday, the Post reported.