Martin Luther King III to Speak at Trump-Van Drew Protest Rally


WILDWOOD – Martin Luther King III will be the keynote speaker at an event put on by the progressive group Cape May County Indivisible outside of The Wildwoods Convention Center Tuesday (Jan. 28) while President Donald Trump will be rallying in support for U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew.

King, the eldest son of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., will join a list of speakers at Bennett and Ocean avenues near the convention center, where presentations are set to being about 4:30 p.m.

Van Drew, which switched party affiliation from Democrat to Republican when to buck House Democrats efforts to impeach Trump, will be at the president’s side during the Wildwood rally that evening. Trump won the district by nearly five point in the 2016 election and endorsed Van Drew for re-election after the switch, despite the presence of two other Republican candidates in the primary.

It will be hardly the first time King has stepped out in opposition to Trump. In 2017, King marched with Al Sharpton in Washington D.C. for the Ministers March for Justice with more than 3,000 ministers to protest the president’s policies.

King will speak with two African-American Democratic contenders for his seat, Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett and former staffer for Cory Booker, Will Cunningham, who ran against Van Drew in the Democratic primary in 2018.

READ: Will Cunningham Goes After Van Drew Again for Congressional Seat

READ: Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett to Challenge Jeff Van Drew for Congressional Seat

Other Democratic candidates for Van Drew’s seat scheduled to speak at the event, according to the Cape May County Indivisible Facebook page, include Amy Kennedy and Brigid Harrison. Prominent local African-American pastor Rev. Willie Francois III, from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, has been listed to speak at the event as well.

Other speakers include Rev. Dawn Fortune, of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore; New Jersey Education Association President President Marie Blistan and and Working Families Party director Sue Altman.

“We feel a moral obligation to show up and take a stand, rejecting the racism, bigotry, misogyny, violence, and corruption of this administration,” Cassandra Gatelein, of Cape May County Indivisible said in its Facebook post. “We also reject Van Drew as our Congressman, who has pledged his ‘undying support’ to this. Instead, we celebrate our diversity – which truly makes us great.”

President Trump’s rally is expected to confirm Van Drew as the front runner to keep his seat despite some Republican opposition as the GOP will be attempting the win back the seat.

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