Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King on Tuesday shared ten steps of “wise advice” for challenging President Trump.
“Don’t use his name; EVER (45 will do),” Bernice King wrote on Facebook. “Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone.”
“Do not argue with those who support him — it doesn’t work,” the civil rights activist added. “Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and his mental state.”
“Keep your message positive: they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies grow.”
Bernice King added that activists should link the Trump administration’s actions with the Republican Party.
Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”
“When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to ‘The Republican Administration,’ or ‘the Republicans,’” she said.
“The Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like,” the King Center CEO added. “[Trump] will not get the focus or attention he craves. Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) quoted Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife late Tuesday while arguing against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) confirmation as Trump’s attorney general.
Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986 that Sessions “had used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens” as a U.S. attorney general in Alabama.
The Senate voted to bar Warren from speaking on the floor afterwards, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) arguing she had “impugned” Sessions in part by reading Coretta Scott King’s letter.
Coretta Scott King opposed Sessions during failed confirmation hearing to a federal judgeship in 1986, arguing he had fought minority voting rights in Alabama.
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