Jonathan Turley stepped into it on Tuesday when he invited Martin Luther King, Jr. in a discussion about trucker protests in Canada that were promoted by vaccine authorization agencies. George Washington University law professor and Fox News contributor seems to argue that the civil rights legend was not arrested for protesting.
Turley solved Justin Trudeau use emergency powers in an effort to end truck blockades on the streets of Canada and especially the Ambassador Bridge, which is an important trade artery between the United States and Canada.
The authority allows the Canadian government to freeze the financial assets of anyone involved in the protests.
Turley gave this response:
I think it is quite excessive. This is an act of civil disobedience. It was a standard tactic by groups going back to the civil rights movement – even before that – to block bridges and streets, to do what is known as ‘good trouble’. And so the unsettling aspect of what’s coming out of the prime minister’s office is that under this pretext they may have suppressed the civil rights movement. They may have captured Martin Luther King.
I think the office needs to rethink, not just its rhetoric, but also the vehicles it is using. By freezing this money, what the government is doing is preventing others from supporting a protest. These are Canadian citizens who have come to their capital to engage in an act of civil disobedience. The government can clear the way, they can arrest those who stand in the way. But here they have gone to the extent of treating these protesters as if they were terrorists.
King, of course, was arrested several times. One website put the number at 29. Famously, King wrote the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” while in a Birmingham prison in 1963. Furthermore, the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century was indeed suppressed – violently – in many cases, both legally and illegally.
(An interesting footnote is that during Turley’s appearance, Fox News aired a short about people protesting against truckers.)
It’s no surprise that Turley was made headlines on Twitter after a clip of his comment made the round go.
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