Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Suggests MLK Would Scorn Today's Democrats for Protesting, Bernice King Sets Her Straight

The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. hit back at Fox News host Laura Ingraham after she suggested the late civil rights leader would not be happy with protesting Democrats during her show on the anniversary of his assassination.

"May all people of goodwill protest injustice, including when it is perpetuated by government," tweeted Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center, directing her comment at The Ingraham Angle 's account on Twitter.

King then quoted her father, who was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 : "So it is that those of us who are yet determined that America will be are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for the health of our land."

Ingraham used her monologue on Thursday night to attack high-profile Democrats campaigning on civil rights issues, accusing them of sowing division and denying reality about the improving lot of black people in modern America.

In particular, she targeted Democrats speaking alongside Reverend Al Sharpton at the annual convention of his National Action Network civil rights group in New York on Wednesday, including 2020 presidential hopefuls Beto O'Rourke and Pete Buttigieg.

"Now you might not have thought that the Civil Rights Act was ever even passed more than 50 years ago," Ingraham said.

"Or that black Americans have reached the highest levels of business, the law, medicine, entertainment, sports, pretty much every area of society. And that is a very good thing.

"Watching and listening to this Democrat field kowtow to Al Sharpton makes it seem like America didn't even elect and then re-elect its first black president.

"But for the hardcore racial rabble-rousers, Obama's victories, remember, they were just baby steps. What they want now is full-on income confiscation meant to enforce equal outcomes if not equal opportunity."

The conservative host then played a clip of Sharpton giving a radio interview. "We're in the post-Obama generation so we have already seen a black president," Sharpton says on Power's The Breakfast Club .

"We've already seen a black first family. Now we want to know what it is going to mean. Symbolism is not enough now, it's substance. And if there's no substance, then we've gotten over the aura of the first."

Ingraham commented: "I was thinking, like, if he were alive today, I wonder what he'd think about such dismissive comments and about a Democrat party that believes it can regain power by living in a constant state of protest or racial hatred and denial."

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham during her monologue on the 51st anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Ingraham suggested King would be unhappy with the Democrats' use of protest. Fox News