President-elect Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King III Monday to discuss voting rights.
The eldest son of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. met with Trump at the Trump Tower, flanked by his colleagues from the Drum Major Institute, a progressive think tank and community advocacy group founded by his father.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told NBC reporters prior to the meeting, “Today, President-elect Trump is going to sit down with Martin Luther King III and others in New York and have a conversation about voting, about bringing more people into the system, the legacy of Dr. King and how we can continue to pursue that under the Trump administration.”
During the meeting, King III urged Trump to establish free government photo identification, which would make it easier for Americans without a driver’s license or other verifiable ID to cast their ballots, reports The Daily Mail.
After Trump escorted King III and colleagues to the Trump Tower lobby, King III told reporters, “It is very clear that the [voter] system is not working at its maximum.”
He added that Trump said repeatedly that “he is going to represent all Americans… I believe that’s his intent. I believe we have to consistently engage with pressure, public pressure. It doesn’t happen automatically, my father and his team understood that, did that.”
Trump was engaged in a Twitter war over the weekend with civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), which reporters pressed King III to comment on.
King responded, “Absolutely, I would say John Lewis has demonstrated that he’s action. As I said, things get said on both sides in the heat of emotion. At some point this nation, we’ve got to move forward.” He ended his statement with, “‘We are a great nation, and we must become a greater nation.”
When asked how his father would have felt about their quarrel, King III said, “I think My father would be very concerned about the fact that there are 50 or 60 million people living in poverty. And somehow we’ve got to create the climate for all boats to be lifted.”
The private meeting at Trump Tower took place on the day when the nation is honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all of the many wonderful things that he stood for. Honor him for being the great man that he was!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2017
H/T: Daily Mail
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