Conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord is making a confusing and offensive comparison, saying that President Donald Trump is “the Martin Luther King of health care.”
Lord made the comments on Thursday morning during a segment on CNN where other commentators were visibly astounded by his claim.
The liberal panelist, Symone Sanders, protested the comparison by trying to interject Lord before he could go on. “Oh, Jeffrey! Jeffrey! Jeffrey!” Symone began.
But Lord persisted, continuing to defend his thoughts.
“When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill,” Lord said. “Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm’s way to put the pressure on so that the bill would be introduced. That’s what finally worked.”
Watch the video of the exchange below:
“Jeffrey, you do understand that Dr. King was marching for civil rights because people that looked like me were being beaten?” Sanders responded.
She added, “Let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a humanitarian, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, to the vagina grabbing President Donald Trump.”
Twitter also had a handful of responses to Lord’s comparison of Trump and the Civil Rights icon.
TRUMP: I have a dream, that i will cut meals on wheels for the elderly and cut after school programs. "Jeffrey Lord"
— Fumblez Murphy (@FumblezMurphy) April 13, 2017
First Sean Spicer minimizes Hitler atrocities and now Jeffrey Lord minimizes MLK hard work , courage , and sacrifices. Wake up GOP .
— Jacob Gil (@jacob4kids) April 13, 2017
The Trump administration has been struggling to come up with an agreeable health care package that can appease both the far-right and centrist factions of Republicans in order to dismantle and replace the current Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Trump has even gone so far as to consider withholding cost-reduction payments to health insurers that help low-income Americans to cover deductibles and copays in order to effectively blackmail Democrats in Washington to work with him, demonstrating just how desperate he is to pass his plan.