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Bill Clinton: MLK did not die ‘to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock’

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Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that Americans should move past "political gridlock" in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We don’t face beatings, lynchings and shootings for our political beliefs anymore," Clinton said on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. "Martin Luther King did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock.”

Clinton suggested that the nation's political disagreements are small compared to its racial past.