All the media wanted Martin Luther King III to do today was attack Donald Trump.
He refused to take the bait.
Raw video from the King’s brief appearance before the press in Trump Tower shows reporters — including CNN’s Jim Acosta — asking loaded questions in a vain attempt to get Martin Luther King, Jr.’s son to criticize the president-elect.
Each time, he refused.
— Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) January 16, 2017
After saying he had a “very constructive” meeting with Trump about the voting system and the Voting Rights Act, members of the media completely ignored his statement and trolled for scandal.
“As you know, Rep. Lewis still has the scars from the march on Selma. Were you offended by the president-elect’s tweet that Rep. Lewis is all talk and no action?” one reporter asked.
King avoided attacking Trump.
“In the heat of emotion, a lot of things get said on both sides,” he responded.
“Many African-Americans are very concerned about a Trump presidency,” another reporter said, before telling King a woman told him Trump would have black people “up against the wall, both literally and figuratively.
“Did he allay your concerns that he’ll be a president for all people, both black and white?”
King defended Trump. “He said he’s going to represent all Americans, ” but added “we will continue to evaluate that.”
Then CNN reporter Jim Acosta jumped in.
“But sir, if I may follow up, isn’t there something that just cuts to your core when you hear the president-elect refer to John Lewis as ‘all talk and no action’? I mean, nothing could be further from the truth. Isn’t that right?” Acosta said, goading King into controversy.
He again refused to take the bait.
He then urged the assembled media to talk about things that matter.
“How do we feed people? How do we clothe people? How do we create the best education system? That’s what we need to be focused on,” King said.
After a reporter asked what his father’s message would be “to” Trump, King appeared irritated and said, “This is the final answer I’m going to have because I’m going to reiterate what I just said,” before saying his father would be concerned about poverty in America.