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.
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 TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE should rescind his appointment. #NoHateinWhiteHouse," Cummings wrote on Twitter in November.
Leading white nationalists like David Duke have praised Steve Bannon. Donald Trump should rescind his appointment. #NoHateinWhiteHouse— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) November 16, 2016
Bannon has dismissed the attacks against him, describing himself as an "economic nationalist."