The eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believes his father would be “greatly disappointed” with the current state of the nation if he were still alive today.
Martin Luther King III talked to CNN on Monday (Jan. 18) about how his father would disapprove of how President Donald Trump is dividing the country. “My father always believed in the people of our nation,” he said. “Certainly, he would be greatly disappointed in how we have chosen to conduct ourselves at this particular moment, but most particularly, probably disappointed in the commander in chief, because the commander in chief is supposed to bring people together and not to bring people together to actually intercept your government.”
President Trump has been named by many as the one who incited the violent riots at the Capitol. Many of the men and women who illegally entered the building were his supporters.
“He understood we are a United States of America, not a divided state of America, and he would be telling us we must turn to each other, not turn on each other,” King III, who currently serves as chairman of the board for the Drum Major Institute, continued.
He believes President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will bring the people of the country together and do a better job at addressing topics, such as police brutality, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
“We’re going to see a new air brought in,” he said. King III also noted that it will take awhile for the United States of America to move past this “very difficult moment,” referring to the recent attack at the U.S. Capitol by multiple pro-Trump rioters. “We will do better. We are much better than the behavior that we’ve seen exhibited over the last few days,” he added.