KEY POINTS

  • Kellyanne Conway claims Dr. Martin Kuther King wouldn't have wanted Trump impeached
  • Trump didn't observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday
  • 9 in 10 African-Americans don't support Trump

Senior counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who often defends president Donald Trump against allegations of racism and bigotry, says the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wouldn't have supported Trump's ongoing impeachment.

She made these stunning comments Monday, which was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day that honors the late African-American civil rights icon murdered by a white racist on April 4, 1968 in Memphis. Asked on NBC News how Trump was going to spend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Conway confirmed Trump was getting ready for a trip. This trip was to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (WEF).

She also made the argument Dr. King had a different hope for Americans than what's happening to Trump via the impeachment.

"I don't think it was within Dr. King's vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged with bribery, extortion, high crimes or misdemeanors," she said.

"And I think that anybody who cares about 'and justice for all' on today or any day of the year will appreciate the fact that the president now will have a full-throttle defense on the facts, and everybody should have that."

Conway also says Trump "agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for," including "unity and equality."

"He's not the one tearing the country apart through an impeachment process and a lack of substance that really is very shameful at this point," said Conway.

It's unlikely Dr. King wouldn't have supported Trump's impeachment given most African-Americans -- especially their leaders -- don't approve of Trump and the way he treats blacks. Opinion polls have proven this point time and again. Polls by Gallup show Trump with a 10 percent approval rating among African-Americans in 2017, 11 percent in 2018 and 10 percent until November 2019.

"In short, Trump's approval rating among blacks has essentially not changed over time, despite blacks presumably having had plenty of time to observe the economic gains that Trump touts as the reason why they should be moving into his camp," said a Gallup in a commentary.

Gallup noted Trump's boast in the summer of 2016 when he declared, "At the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote. I promise you. Because I will produce."

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to US President Donald Trump, says he'll be acquitted and free to win re-election Kellyanne Conway, counselor to US President Donald Trump, says he'll be acquitted and free to win re-election Photo: AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM