Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence said one of the most disgusting things to come out of his mouth during Donald Trump’s presidency (and that’s saying a lot).
On Face the Nation, Pence used a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. to defend Trump’s racist border wall and even compared Trump to the iconic civil rights leader. Pence had said:
Honestly, you know, the hearts and minds of the American people today are thinking a lot about it being the weekend where we remember the life and the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.’
You think of how he changed America, he inspired us to change through the legislative process to become a more perfect union. That’s exactly what President Trump is calling on the Congress to do.”
It was one of the worst things Pence could have said, and people were understandably outraged. Pence was dragged for this, of course, but one response will likely ensure that he’ll never make this mistake again. On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, Dr. King’s son Martin Luther King III came forward to set Pence straight. As he spoke in D.C. at the National Action Network’s annual MLK Day breakfast, MLK’s son made it very clear that these two men did NOT have the same goal and should never be uttered in the same sentence. He said:
The vice president attempted to compare the president to Martin Luther King Jr.. Martin Luther King Jr was a bridge builder, not a wall builder. Martin Luther King Jr. would say, ‘Love, not hate, will make America great.’”
.@OfficialMLK3 in DC blasts Pence for invoking his father:
“The vice president attempted to compare the president to Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr was a bridge builder, not a wall builder. Martin Luther King Jr. would say, ‘Love, not hate,will make America great.'”
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) January 21, 2019
We could not have said it better.
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