Conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza believes that the latest revelations about Martin Luther King Jr. put Democrats in an “awkward” position.
The author of “Death of a Nation” contended on Fox News Tuesday that the iconic civil rights leader is all the left has to “cling to” since they have ignored other historic black Americans because “they were Republicans.”
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Fox News host Laura Ingraham addressed the “war on American history” on “The Ingraham Angle” as she looked at the effect of the latest reports on the memory of another American hero. King biographer David Garrow reportedly discovered FBI documents from the 1960s that allege disturbing but uncorroborated details about his personal life.
“A debate over his legacy is troubling and speaks to a slippery slope,” she said, pointing to the results of when “American figures are examined in light of today’s standards.”
“In the #MeToo era, can MLK Jr. still be a hero to the left if they are to have any credibility?” she asked D’Souza, who said the allegations put the civil rights leader’s personal life and views in “a very calamitous light.”
“Calamitous in view of the #MeToo movement which has put a new spin on what is acceptable particularly in public discourse,” he said, noting that the reports are getting “no coverage” in the U.S. despite being all over the British press as “not a single major media outlet has touched them” and the “progressive historians are all hiding under their desks.”
He noted that King is not only celebrated for his anti-segregation views but is also treated as a “secular saint.”
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh claimed King was “nowhere near what the left has made him out to be” during “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” in a clip that Ingraham shared.
“I think they have already successfully remade the image or message of Dr. King to the point that there’s no reason to have to abandon it or him,” Limbaugh said. “They’ve already turned him and his memory into a message tailored for their modern-day beliefs. He was nowhere near what they have made him out to be. So there is no reason to cast him aside.”
Ingraham wondered if Democrats “can’t dispense with someone like” King despite the “body blow” from the new reports. D’Souza pointed out historical figures like Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington, who were all conservatives.
“All of these were Republicans, they were conservatives, they were celebrators of self-help and of what Douglass called ‘the self-made man.’ So the left hates them. The left doesn’t want to teach them,” he said.
“The only guy that they have been able to push to the front is Martin Luther King. He’s the only guy that they, in a sense, can cling to. So if they lose King, they sort of lost their one claim to be a champion of African American rights,” D’Souza added, noting the “awkward situation” they find themselves in.
“Of course, the #MeToo movement also came from the left, so this is not a right-wing critique they can dismiss,” he said. “They’ve got to take it seriously. I think they’re in denial but ultimately the truth will come out.”