MLK Jr. Would Be 'Proud' Of Donald Trump, Steve Bannon Says

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has said he believes Martin Luther King, Jr. would be "proud" of what President Donald Trump has done for African-American and Latino workers in the United States.

"Martin Luther King ... he would be proud of what Donald Trump has done for [the] black and Hispanic working class, OK?" Bannon said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

The comment came after Bannon was asked by Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl about comments he made in March at an event where he told far-right French politicians to wear accusations of racism and xenophobia "as a badge of honor."

"Because every day, we get stronger and they get weaker," Bannon said at the event.

The former chief strategist said his March comments were taken out of context.

"I was talking specifically about Donald Trump and his policies," Bannon said. "His economic nationalism doesn't care about your race, your religion, your gender, your sexual preference. Here's what it cares about, that you're citizens of the United States of America," he said.

We have all-time low unemployment among blacks in this country and 20-year low among Hispanics. The black working class and Hispanic working class are now getting the benefits of border security and economic nationalism, Bannon added.

Earlier on in the interview, Bannon claimed that "the people...hurt the most" by illegal immigration are "the Hispanic and black working class."

"It suppresses their wages, it destroys their healthcare, it destroys their school systems," the former chief adviser said.

Bannon's comment that King would be "proud" of Trump was not the first time he had made the assertion.

Last month, the former adviser suggested the same thing in an interview with BBC Newsnight, claiming the civil rights hero would be "proud" of Trump's economic policies.

At the time, Bernice King, King's daughter, condemned the comment, writing on Twitter: "Bannon's assertion that my father, #MLK, would be proud of Donald Trump wholly ignores Daddy's commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc, being treated with dignity and respect."

Bannon has been set on a political comeback, launching a multi-million dollar ad blitz combining his "America First" stance on foreign policy with a call for Republicans to get behind Trump's agenda, CNBC has reported.

The former adviser has been funding a number of ads across U.S. cities since May in an apparent bid to create a "war room" to keep tabs on the GOP's strategies for holding on to majority control of the House and Senate.

Bannon's ads are not being used to endorse specific candidates, but are being used to push a broader message encouraging Trump and Republican Party members to work together to push a conservative agenda forward.