Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Tuesday ripped White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon as a "white supremacist-type person" and said that Martin Luther King Jr. would be "very disappointed" in the current administration.

“In a way, he would be pleased to have seen the first African-American elected president, to have seen many doors opened for people like me and others who now have opportunities that would not have had them back then,” Cummings said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“But at the same time, when we see a guy like Bannon, who is, as far as I'm concerned, a white supremacist-type person, sitting in the White House — sitting in the White House — and I'm paying his salary, I think he would be very disappointed".

Cummings's comments came on the 49th anniversary of King's assassination in 1968.

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Bannon's appointment to the White House generated a backlash, with critics pointing to his former job as the executive chairman of the far-right Breitbart News, which has gained traction among some white nationalists. 

Cummings was among a group of more than 150 House Democrats to sign a letter urging Trump to revoke Bannon's appointment. At the time, the Maryland congressman said that Bannon had been praised by white nationalists, including former KKK leader David Duke.

"Leading white nationalists like David Duke have praised Steve Bannon. Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE should rescind his appointment. #NoHateinWhiteHouse," Cummings wrote on Twitter in November.

Bannon has dismissed the attacks against him, describing himself as an "economic nationalist."