Idiot Gateway Pundit Reporter, But We Repeat Ourselves, Lectures Bernice King On Her Father, MLK
Are we sure? Pretty sure he only said one thing.
Lucian Wintrich, the former White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit (his twitter bio now says he's the "NYC Bureau Chief," though we suspect he just means his dresser), really has found his niche as the heir apparent to the Stupidest Man on the Internet, Jim Hoft. A while back, Wintrich yelled at Native American kids who flipped off Mount Rushmore, saying, "They break into our country, steal resources, then do shit like this. And libs still wonder why we are pushing for immigration controls..." That prompted what we're pretty sure is the only truly intelligent reply to virtually anything Wintrich ever says: "Wow, how do you not fall over more?"
Looks like it's time for Wintrich to pitch messily forward into his soup again, since he's decided to explain to Bernice King that she really has no idea what she's talking about when she talks about her father, Martin Luther King. For context, Ms. King was replying to that Food Channel dorkwad who declared "straight white male" the "new n-word" (but didn't see the need to abbreviate it as he did the other word, so, point made, guy). Dorkwad was trying to give his fuzzy ideas gravitas, so he insisted, "Saying 'my label for you invalidates your opinion or your place in society' is literally what Dr. King fought against."
Well, Bernice King happened to have herself right there, so she took the opportunity to tell dorkwad "You know nothing of my father's work":
My father was working to eradicate the Triple Evils of Racism (prejudice + power = oppression/destruction of a race deemed inferior), Poverty (Materialism) & Militarism. Pointing out the group that most commonly benefits from all 3 is not “labeling.” Truth before reconciliation. https://t.co/NRnt3zE3gN— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 19, 2018
Which is to say, no, you pillock, straight white males are not oppressed, and please go stick your head in a pig.
Mr. Wintrich wasn't about to let the daughter of the man who gave a brilliant one-sentence speech about the evils of affirmative action get away with that, because while she may be the CEO of the King Center, she has apparently completely forgotten that when Martin Luther King dreamed that one day his four little children would not get any special privileges because of the color of their skin, he meant she could never say anything bad about white people (we're using the White Republican translation there):
Yea, I think you need to go back and re-read some of your dad’s speeches...— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) May 20, 2018
Of course Wintrich had more to say, because who really knows what Martin Luther King Jr. was all about: his daughter, who runs the nonprofit dedicated to her parents' mission of nonviolent social change, or some guy who REALLY knows that Martin Luther King Jr. loved nothing more than having snippets of his speeches quoted disingenuously by rightwing bros?
Hmmm... I don’t think you actually listened to your father. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’” https://t.co/zyzI9dMq7G— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) May 20, 2018
I’m pretty sure he never said, “I have a dream we will make continuous references to people’s sexuality and whether they’re white or not... oh, and capitalism is bad too..”— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) May 20, 2018
Honestly, we're surprised he didn't go Full Palin and proclaim that King loved The Troops. He completely ignored that "poverty" thing so he could insist the REAL MLK was a fan of free enterprise. Still, when some smartass asked, "Um, who wants to tell him?" Wintrich was ready with a big bucket of stupid:
I don’t think you’ll find a single person who says, “Oh! Yea, I know Martin Luther King! He was that socialist who tirelessly fought for economic policy, right?” https://t.co/vS8nAqiDsY— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) May 21, 2018
Actually, we could kind of buy that, given the whitewashing of King as a nice man who thought nice thoughts about people just getting along, because he was nice that way, and only dreamed that everyone would be a Republican like he never was. But Wintrich is perhaps a bit hasty in assuming everyone else is as ignorant as he is -- or pretends to be. Nobody was was buying that bullshit, either:
Bleep blorp. https://t.co/aRjLERebPp— Audra Williams (@audrawilliams) May 21, 2018
Hooboy.— Jαιгυѕ кнαη (@JairusKhan) May 21, 2018
"We need an economic bill of rights. This would guarantee a job to all people who want to work and are able to work. It would also guarantee an income for all who are not able to work."
Wintrich, who does at least know how to troll, quickly explained the real point: Bernice King is wrong about her father because he never would have liked trans people.
Also cool moving of the goal posts from "He wasn't a socialist" to "he didn't talk about whiteness" to "he didn't talk about trans issues".— Audra Williams (@audrawilliams) May 21, 2018
Oh, yeah, and King said unkind things about white people -- no, not all of them, because he was way smarter than a Gateway Pundit bureau chief -- from time to time:
Before he appeared to sputter out altogether, Wintrich explained that popular perception is what really matters more than anything King actually said. That, and the right's endless fascination with King the adulterer:
Well, the guy wasn’t inflatable. Again, we don’t know him as a socialist womanizer - we know him as a *civil rights leader*.— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) May 21, 2018
King "wasn't inflatable"? No, we have no idea.
[Update: As several Alert Wonkette Operatives note in the comments, that was probably supposed to be "infallible," and was perhaps mangled by "autocorrect," one of the most misnamed widgets out there. Thanks for the clarification, folks, but don't you know we don't allow comments? -- Dok Zoom]
So let's recap:
1) Bernice King really needs to pay better attention to the all-American color-blind racism-is-over things Lucian Wintrich thinks MLK stood for, because that was just the best!
2) Martin Luther King never said anything about racism or capitalism, but when he did he really only meant that once the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Acts were passed, he was done.
3) Also, why would anyone think there's anything noble about a socialist womanizer, the end.