Over the weekend, the Vice President of the United States made headlines for comparing President Donald Trump — and his vision for a U.S.-Mexico border wall — to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose eponymous federal holiday is on Monday. In response, Martin Luther King III called out Mike Pence for his comparison, arguing that his father represented very different ideals
“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,” King III said Monday, at a Washington, D.C. breakfast honoring his father’s legacy, according to The Atlantic. “Martin Luther King Jr. would say, ‘Love, not hate, will make America great.'”
During an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Pence referenced King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and compared King Jr.’s legislative successes to President Trump’s legislative intentions.
“But one of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy,’ ” Pence said, according to NBC News. “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,” the vice president continued. “Come to the table in a spirit of good faith. We’ll secure our border, we’ll reopen the government, and we’ll move our nation forward as the president said yesterday to even a broader discussion about immigration reform in the months ahead.”
"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.'" MLK's son criticized VP Mike Pence for citing the slain civil rights leader to make the case for a wall https://t.co/jMKhpfSB9f #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/YN5ty6ZsPT
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