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MLK would not have backed Trump impeachment, Conway claims

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this AFP file photo taken on March 19, 2019 The Washington Memorial is seen behind the "Stone of Hope" statue at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.

Martin Luther King Jr. would not have supported impeachment of US President Donald Trump, says White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

She made the comments in statement to reporters on the MLK Day, Monday, as Trump was preparing for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, rather than observing the day.

“Well, I can tell you that the president is preparing for Davos and agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and agreed with for many years, including unity and equality,” Conway said. “And he’s not the one trying to tear the country apart through an impeachment process and a lack of substance that really is very shameful at this point.”

The president is facing an impeachment trial in the Senate over attempting to find dirt on his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, by pressuring Ukraine through withholding the US military aid to Kiev.

“I’ve held my opinion on it for a very long time,” Conway said. “but when you see the articles of impeachment that came out, 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.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. He pressed for the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is the first US premier civil rights legislation aimed at outlawing discrimination.

“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," stated the White House counselor.

Trump is expected to be acquitted by his allies in the  upper chamber of US Congress, who have already made their stance clear.

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