Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond compared Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s activism on “CNN Tonight With Don Lemon” Tuesday.
“Every time we see people coming together, whether it’s Black Lives Matter, whether it’s the young people in their protests of gun violence and the plethora of guns on the streets, whether it’s Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem. That’s King, and it’s just in different forms. But it’s people coming together to stand up to make this country a more perfect union.” (RELATED: MSNBC Panelist: White Men ‘Pose The Biggest Threat To Americans’ [VIDEO])
“In King’s last speech he talked about the fact that we had an obligation and a duty to protest to make this country a better country,” he added.
Many in the media have embraced hyperbole on the anniversary of his death. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC Wednesday, “When you look at what Donald Trump is doing around questions of people of color, Mexicans, blacks, Muslims, he has re-introduced what Dr. King’s life was against.” (RELATED: Al Sharpton Claims Trump Has ‘Re-Introduced What Dr. King’s Life Was Against’)