Jacqueline Kennedy (Onassis), wife of assassinated president John F. Kennedy, was piquantly disgusted with the person of Martin Luther King, Jr. This, according to ABC News. In a special series historical interviews (from 1964) to be broadcast beginning Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The interviews were with Arther Schlesinger (Sr.).
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
“That man’s terrible,” Jackie Kennedy said. “Phoney.” “Martin Luther King is really a tricky person.” “I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible.”
Is this a remarkable testimony? Not really. Martin Luther King was not an upright man in many people’s eyes. Theodore Pappas considers King quite the plagiarist, as do many others. Jackie said that her husband, the President, told her what J. Edgar Hoover had told him.
The widowed first lady soured on King as a result of secret wiretaps arranged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover had told President Kennedy that King tried to arrange a sex party while in town for the March on Washington, and told Robert Kennedy that King had made derogatory comments during the president’s funeral, Mrs. Kennedy recalled.