Karl Rove and Marie Harf clashed on "The Story" Monday while discussing Democrats using Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy to attack President Trump.

During a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event Monday, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, called Trump a "hater" and "the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue." And at a town hall event in South Carolina, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) bluntly called Trump a "racist."

Rove, a Fox News contributor, said MLK Day should be a day on which politics is momentarily set aside, and the country honors the legacy of a great man.

He said Jeffries' remarks were "reprehensible," criticized Sanders for taking a "cheap shot" also noted that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) chose that day to announce her 2020 candidacy.

"Wouldn't this be a day that we can set partisan politics aside and focus on the man, his legacy and the challenge that all Americans face and not engage in this kind of stuff?" Rove said.


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Harf, co-host of Fox News Radio's "Benson & Harf," said she sees absolutely nothing offensive about Harris announcing her candidacy on MLK Day.

She said the "most offensive" politicization of the day was Vice President Mike Pence using King's words to make the case for Trump's border wall.

Harf said there's no way to know what's actually in Trump's heart, but she argued that many avowed racists and bigots believe the president is on their side, and he has not done enough to disabuse them of that notion.

"The logic that simply because some bigots applaud President Trump, there are a lot of anti-Semites who are part of the Women's [March]," Rove countered. "Should we then paint with a broad brushstroke and say that every Democrats who applauds the women's movement, the Women's March is somehow tied in with these anti-Semites?"

Harf said Rove was reverting to "whataboutism" because he didn't have a strong argument.

Watch the fiery debate above.


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