Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s speech in opposition to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ appointment as attorney general. King accused Warren of performing a “bait and switch” and playing the “race card” in invoking the King family name.
Warren spent a big part of her 50-minute speech from the Senate floor reading from a letter Dr. King’s late widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote about Sessions’ appointment to be a federal district court judge in 1986.
Warren’s reading of the letter, along with her quoting the late Sen. Edward Kennedy as saying Sessions was a “disgrace to the Justice Department,” prompted the acting president of the Senate, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., to warn her about the body’s debate rules regarding impugning the character of a fellow senator. Daines then even directed her to take her seat several minutes later when she persisted.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked Alveda King about her thoughts on the incident.
“If we take a look at my aunt Coretta Scott King’s letter, we know that she was a peacemaker,” she responded. “Her intentions were never to divide during her whole life.”
King added that her aunt was a “reasonable person” and would note Session has “done some great work in fighting against discrimination,” reports Western Journalism.
“I believe that if she could look at the record of Sen. Sessions today, with integrity, she would say, ‘Well, he has worked to prosecute the Ku Klux Klan, he has worked to desegregate public schools,’” King stated.
King criticized the tactic of “using the name of Martin Luther King Jr. and now Mrs. Coretta Scott King to get people’s emotions stirred so they cannot clearly get the message” of peacemaking.
She called it “the old bait and switch, with the race card being played,” and added,
“People will never look at the issues. People will never see the solutions. They’ll be angry and then we can slip our agenda in. But our family — we are peacemakers, we bring people together. … We do not divide people.”
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