Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter criticizes Trump using her father’s image in ad


Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is criticizing the use of her father’s image in an advertisement for President Trump’s reelection. 

“My father should not be used in ways strongly misaligned with his vision and values,” King tweeted Wednesday, calling the choice “beyond insulting.”

King tweeted a screenshot of the video ad, which is titled “We Will Never Surrender America” and subtitled “Don’t Bet Against Us.” 

“My father was working for an America with leaders who have answered the call to conscience and compassionate action,” King continued on Twitter. “He said, ‘We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity…’”

“…Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the pressing urgencies of the great cause of freedom…a time like this demands great leaders. America needs this type of leader NOW.” 


Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, also took to Twitter on Thursday to object to the use of her father’s image in a Trump ad. 

“The Trump campaign is in opposition to all that Jackie Robinson stood for and believed in,” Robinson tweeted. “We’re insulted and demand that his image be removed.” 

The Hill has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment. 

Trump, who is trailing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in both national and swing-state polls, has made outreach to Black voters a key part of the closing days of his campaign.

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