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Donald Trump Met With Martin Luther King III on MLK Day

Donald Trump met with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s oldest son on Monday, The New York Times reports. Trump’s spokesman said that this meeting was to discuss the late King’s legacy and observe the holiday of the civil rights icon.

Given the recent tensions between Trump and many prominent black elected officials—especially Georgia Democrat John Lewis, who fought alongside King during the civil rights movement—this meeting is unexpected. The announcement of the meeting came via Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, on Twitter.

Just two days prior, Trump was attacking Lewis on the same platform because Lewis said in an interview that he would not be attending the inauguration, and did not see Trump as a legitimate president due to the questions surrounding Russia and the election. Trump’s response was to call Lewis, who was beaten in the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Ala. in 1965, “all talk,” and to say that he should be focusing on his crime-infested Georgia district instead of “falsely complaining” about election results.

First of all, how does one complain falsely? Second of all, Lewis’s district in Atlanta encompasses the wealthy Buckhead, the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson International, the CDC and Georgia Tech, as the Times points out.

Trump later added that Lewis should help him focus on “burning and crime infested inner-cities” throughout the United States. “I can use all the help I can get!” (Yeah, he can.)

In a television interview with CBS, Spicer claimed that Lewis had started the fight, and that the president-elect won’t just sit back and take attacks without responding. (We’ve noticed.)

According to USA Today, the meeting between Trump, King, and others took place at Trump Tower in Manhattan, where they discussed voting rights and other ways of keeping with King’s legacy during the Trump administration. King called the meeting “extraordinarily constructive,” so there’s that.

These tweets and the meeting may be good PR for Trump, but it’s probably not worth holding your breath for Trump to get serious about protecting civil rights.

Sammi is the Lifestyle Editor at HerCampus.com, assisting with content strategy across sections. She's been a member of Her Campus since her Social Media Manager and Senior Editor days at Her Campus at Siena, where she graduated with a degree in Biology of all things. She moonlights as an EMT, and in her free time, she can be found playing post-apocalyptic video games, organizing her unreasonably large lipstick collection, learning "All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)" on her guitar, or planning her next trip to Broadway.