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This MLK Quote Sums Up The Reason Republicans Voted For Trump

On July 16, 1964, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. released a statement on the Republican presidential nomination of Barry Goldwater, who, like Donald Trump, had run a campaign fueled by an implicitly white supremacist ideology in the conservative movement.

During his lifetime, King said and wrote many poignant and profound things, certainly too many to count, but one quote from the Civil Rights icon feels eerily prophetic in light of Donald Trump’s presidency.

“It was both unfortunate and disastrous that the Republican Party nominated Barry Goldwater as its candidate for President of the United States,” King declared, warning of Goldwater’s “trigger-happy attitude that could plunge the whole world into the dark abyss of annihilation.” His thoughts on Goldwater’s stance on race and civil rights are equally striking.

Martin Luther King, Jr.  |  Getty images

Martin Luther King, Jr. | Getty images

King stated:

“The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism…On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represents a philosophy that is morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulates a philosophy which gives aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I have no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that does not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.”

King’s words are eerily prophetic.

With the support of the white supremacist group “alt-right” and the appointment of people like Jeff Sessions to his administration, King’s feelings about Goldwater feel as though they could just as easily be applied to Trump today.

King’s words are a chilling reminder that there is much work ahead. Stand up America!

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