On yesterday’s Your World, Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory, who recently switched from Democrat to Republican, spoke about President Obama saying Martin Luther King “would like” the Affordable Care Act. Neil Cavuto asked Guillory, “Do you think that Martin Luther King would embrace this?” As if nobody could have guessed that Guillory would have used the opening to grab the Martin Luther King mantle for himself and use it to dis both President Obama and Obamacare.
Sure enough, Guillory said,
I think that to wrap Obamacare around Martin Luther King is a cheap hijacking of Martin Luther King’s image and a slap in the face to every American.
…Martin Luther King stood for three things, the pillars of the American dream, for education, for jobs, and for justice. To now take his image on this special, special anniversary, and try to use for some petty partisan gain his image is just despicable, it’s atrocious.
In fact, there’s good reason to think that Dr. King would have supported the ACA.
Cavuto somewhat acknowledged that but rather than challenge Guillory Cavuto said, “I’m sure Martin Luther King would embrace the idea of providing health care for everyone. I don’t know if he’d embrace the idea of bending our entire health care system to do it.” Cavuto then gave Guillory his next opening: “This constant quoting, ‘This is what King would’ve liked. This is what MLK would’ve done. This is what he would’ve embraced.’ Sadly, he’s dead, we don’t know. Yet his name is attached to causes and still more government spending, even by a variety of preachers and group organizers today saying just that. How do we know?”
Guillory used the opportunity to spew more animosity: “I think they should put up or shut up. …Stand up for jobs and justice and for education. They’re doing exactly the opposite and that’s a disgrace to Martin Luther King’s memory.”
Funny, Cavuto didn’t worry about how Guillory knew about that. In fact, Cavuto praised Guillory’s efforts “to clarify that memory” and then gave a plug to Guillory’s PAC “that espouses what you and your supporters believe is the ongoing message of Dr. King. And what is that?”
Guillory answered, “The message that the government is only a big plantation, and that Americans should break away from that plantation.”
Cavuto concluded the discussion by saying “And for those of you who say it’s bigoted to hear talk like that, I want you to ask yourself something, isn’t it really more bigoted not to?”
On the golden anniversary of the March on Washington, this is how Cavuto commemorates it?