Hakeem Jeffries: Trump Is the ‘Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave’

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) compared President Donald Trump to a Ku Klux Klan leader during a speech in New York on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, made the reference while speaking to the National Action Network.

“Obviously, these are challenging times in the United States of America,” he explained. “We have a hater in the White House. The birther in chief.

“The Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” he added to cheers from the crowd. “One of the things that we’ve learned is that while Jim Crow may be dead, he’s still got some nieces and nephews that are alive and well.”

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Jeffries was just one of a number of politicians who gave remarks on Monday calling out Trump. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) mentioned Trump by name in his remarks at an MLK event in South Carolina, calling him “a racist.”

“What a president is supposed to do is bring us together, and we have a president intentionally, purposefully trying to divide us up by the color of our skin,” he added.

Former Vice President Joe Biden made no direct reference to Trump in his remarks at a breakfast event in New York but lamented a recent resurgence in hate in the country.

“We’ve learned in the last two years, it doesn’t take much to awaken hate, to bring those folks out from under the rocks. That part of American society has always been there, will always be there, but it’s been legitimized,” he said.

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Madison Dibble
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I think comparing the president to the KKK lessens the atrocities perpetrated by the Klan. Pointing to specific instances and explaining why something Trump did was racist is important, but blowing it up into Klan comparisons is too far.

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