President Barack Obama recently used the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic 1963 speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to tout his own wildly unpopular healthcare overhaul.
During a radio interview on Tuesday, the President said that King would be a proponent of the Affordable Care Act.
“Oh, he would like that,” Obama told radio hosts Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes in an interview from the White House. “Well, because I think he understood that health care, health security is not a privilege; it’s something that in a country as wealthy as ours, everybody should have access to.”
According to the White House, the President has also spent time this week talking with black faith leaders about ways they can help implement Obamacare by encouraging congregants to sign up for government healthcare plans.
Meanwhile, a handful of black conservatives throughout the Nation have decried the liberal hijacking of King’s memory.
Mia Love, the black Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, told The Hill, “I believe Dr. King would be saddened by the way that some of these leaders are telling Americans that they are victims and their only hope for a better future is a government handout. It does nothing but keep black Americans dependent.”
And failed GOP Presidential contender Hermain Cain told the publication King “would say congratulations on the progress that you have made as a nation and that black people have made in the last 50 years.”
“But he would also say shame on you as a nation for where you have lost ground,” Cain continued.
“We have lost ground, especially black people, on the number of people graduating from high school. We have lost ground, black people, on babies born out of wedlock. We have lost ground, a bit, on racial tension: I don’t think it is as bad as the 50s and 60s but the flames have been fanned by some of the things in the media,” he said.