Denver GOP chair defends Martin Luther King ‘sniper’ comment

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DENVER  |  A Colorado Republican official is defending her social media comment that Martin Luther King Jr. may have wanted “a sniper on his side” the day he was assassinated.

KUSA-TV reported Thursday that Denver Republican Party Chairwoman Kris Cook said, “I bet Dr. King wishes he’d had a sniper on his side that day.”

The comment was shared on Twitter beneath a photo of Cook holding a rifle.

Cook says political opponents combined the photo and the statement to misrepresent her comment in reference to King’s assassination by a sniper on April 4, 1968.

Bernice King, daughter of the civil rights icon, posted a social media message to Cook Wednesday.

“He would not have wanted a gun battle on his behalf,” King’s Twitter message says. “Don’t use him for this.”

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Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com