When Jeffrey Lord deemed President Donald Trump “the Martin Luther King of health care,” Symone Sanders couldn’t hide the surprise on her face.
“I want to say something here that I know will probably drive Symone crazy,” Lord says on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday, April 13. “But, think of President Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care.”
Lord explains King “sent people out into the streets harm’s way” to put pressure on President John F. Kennedy to introduce the civil rights bill.
The proclamation sent Sanders, Lord’s fellow CNN policial commentator, into an oral clobbering of his statement during a discussion about Trump threatening to cut Affordable Care Act subsidies for insurers.
“Jeffrey, you do understand that Dr. King was marching for civil rights because people that look like me were being beaten, dogs were being sicced on them, basic human rights were being withheld from these people merely because of the color of their skin?” Sanders says. “So, let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner, to the vagina-grabbing President Donald Trump.”
Lord stated that there was a similarity between King’s alleged use of pressure and Trump’s tactic to get Democrats to negotiate a new health care plan.
“No, there is no similarity. What Donald Trump is doing is he’s in over his head,” Sanders says. “He doesn’t understand that health care is a complicated issue. He just arrived here, most of us have been here, thank you. And he doesn’t understand that these are people’s lives.”