Steele claims ‘Dr. King would be disappointed in the political leadership of this country.’

Yesterday, in an address at Philander Smith College, a historically black college in Little Rock, RNC Chairman Michael Steele implied that the late Martin Luther King Jr. would be disappointed with President Obama’s leadership. “Dr. King would be disappointed in the political leadership of this country for failing to address the least of us,” Steele said. A questioner approached the microphone and quickly turned the tables on Steele, asking whether his party was upholding King’s legacy by blocking health care:

QUESTION: In all seriousness, I’m curious what you think that Dr. King would think about your party’s current attempts to block universal health care? [applause]

STEELE: It’s a great myth that we’re doing all this blocking. I wish we had that kind of control with the numbers, but we don’t. … As I’ve said to the president many times, “If that’s the bill you want, vote it up or down.”

Commenting on racism in our society, Steele told the audience, “What your generation will face is very subtle. It’s very quiet. It’s deceiving. But it is there. And you cannot be fooled into believing otherwise.” Watch it:

Dr. King once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” In a 2006 op-ed in the Charlotte News & Observer, Richard Payne wrote, “Is there any doubt that King would have been on the forefront of arguments for payment of a living wage to the working poor, and that he would have advocated for universal health care?


The questioner who asked Steele about MLK was kicked out of the forum. He was trying to ask a follow-up at the time he got ejected. See the video here. (HT: TP reader Brady)

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