Amid Fallout Over Racist Comments, Trump Pledges To Fight For MLK’s Dream

By Peter Montgomery

Timing is everything. On Friday, a day after news broke that President Trump had rejected a bipartisan immigration deal while dismissing immigrants from “shithole” countries—comments widely denounced as racist—Trump gathered a group of African American supporters to applaud his signing of a proclamation for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Earlier this week, with cameras rolling, Trump had called for a “bill of love” on immigration, and said he would sign whatever bill Congress sent him. But Trump reportedly rejected the compromise senators presented because it would extend Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and other countries. Trump had already decided to end that status for Haitians and Salvadorans, threatening to force hundreds of thousands of long-term residents to leave the U.S. When Haiti was mentioned on the list of TPS countries, CNN reported, “Trump asked why the U.S. wants more people from Haiti and African countries,” and later said, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”

On Friday, as part of his comments about King, Trump read from a script, “we pledge to fight for his dream of equality, freedom, justice and peace.” Ahem.

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