CNN's Jeffrey Lord: Trump's Strategy Of Creating A Crisis In Healthcare Is Similar To Tactics Of Martin Luther King

Lord Doubles Down On Comparison Of Trump To Dr. Martin Luther King

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From the April 13 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

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ANDERSON COOPER (HOST): Alright Jeff, I want to give you a chance to explain exactly what you meant by your earlier comments.

JEFFREY LORD: Sure, I wasn't comparing President Trump and Dr. King who by the way the latter was my hero when I was a kid. What I was doing was comparing their strategy. Dr. King quite specifically -- and I knew this when I was talking about this on air this morning -- was talking about creating a crisis. Let me read the quick sentence here from his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," which I'm well familiar with. Quote, "Non-violent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension, that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seems to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored." Unquote. Donald Trump isn't taking to the streets, he has the power of the presidency, but clearly if he withholds payments from insurance companies, which the Wall Street Journal said would result in a meltdown, that's a crisis. So he is doing the same thing, creating a crisis to get to a negotiation. That's the point, period.

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