In an effort to swing more Black voters over to the Republican Party, a local GOP chapter in Texas has gone as far as posting billboards stating "Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican."
The billboards feature an image of the legendary Civil Rights leader and are strategically posted in African American communities in Texas by the conservative group RagingElephants.org. The founder of the group, Claver Kamau-Imani, claims to have documentation proving that MLK voted Republican.
In an interview with CBS Dallas, he stated, "The use of Dr King, because of him being an icon in the community, we feel would be most effective. That’s why we used it."
However, Dr King’s son Martin Luther King III denies claims that his father voted for the GOP. In 2008, he stated:
"It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican."
"It is even more outrageous to suggest he would support the Republican Party of today, which has spent so much time and effort trying to suppress African-American votes in Florida and many other states."
Even though there is no proof that MLK voted for the Right, there's no question which party he would back if he was alive today, and to imply anything different is an insult!