President Donald tweeted Monday that it was ‘so appropriate’ that the day honoring Dr. Mr. Luther King Jr. falls on the third anniversary of his own inauguration – hours after a top aide said King’s vision would be against the president’s impeachment.
Trump fired off the tweet three years after he warned of ‘American carnage’ in his inauguration address and then sparred with the press over the size of his crowd. Hours after his tweet, which drew some criticism online, Trump paid a visit to the King memorial in Washington, D.C. shortly before he was to fly to Davos to attend an economic conference.
‘It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office. So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY. African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far,’ Trump tweeted, citing employment gains during his tenure. ‘Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!’
His boast came just hours after counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said the slain civil rights leader would have opposed Trump’s impeachment if he were alive today.
Trump’s Senate trial starts Tuesday on articles charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
‘I’ve held my opinion on it for a very long time, but when you see the articles of impeachment that came out – I don’t think it was Dr. King’s vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged bribery, extortion, high crimes and misdemeanors,’ she told NBC News.
‘And I think that anybody who cares about ‘And Justice for All’ on today and any day of the year will appreciate the fact that the president now will have a full throttled defense on the facts.,’ conway said.
She also pointed out that Monday was her own birthday.
‘I, this morning, was reading some of the lesser-known passages by Dr. King and I appreciate the fact that we as a nation respect him by giving him his own day,’ she said. ‘I’m happy to share a birthday with this day.’
Conway also said Trump ‘agrees with many of the things that Dr. King stood for and agreed with for many years, including unity and equality. And he’s not the one trying to tear the country apart through an impeachment process and the lack of substance that really is very shameful at this point.’
Conway’s husband, lawyer Geoge Conway, mocked a legal brief assembled by Trump’s team of a dozen lawyers in a Washington Post op-ed, writing Trump’s defense ‘represents an attack on the impeachment process — and on the Constitution itself.’