Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, which for most Americans is an opportunity to soberly reflect on the great contributions made by the civil rights pioneer as well as the price he ultimately paid for standing up to white supremacy. For others — namely members of the overtly racist Trump administration — it’s an opportunity to showcase a stunning degree of hypocrisy.
Vice President Mike Pence, one of the key figures helping to hold up the Trump regime and all its bigoted ignominy, sent out his obligatory pandering tweet about MLK and said that his courage has inspired generations of Americans.
“Today we honor the man and the Dream,” tweeted the man who stormed out of an NFL game because he didn’t like black athletes taking a knee to protest police brutality. It’s no far stretch of the imagination to picture Pence railing against MLK’s protests if the two were contemporaries.
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The Vice President is a disgusting, disingenuous creature of hate who — even if he doesn’t make racist statements in public — is at the very least noncritical of his boss’s openly racist statements. He’s complicit in the ascendency of white nationalist inclinations in the politics of this country, as well as the solidification of these forces within the White House.
50 years ago today, Dr. King's life was tragically cut short – but that did not stop his immortal words, his courageous example and his faith from inspiring generations of Americans. Today we honor the man and the Dream. #MLK50
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 4, 2018
Thankfully, at least one public figure had the courage to call out the Vice President’s hypocrisy. Calfornia Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted back at Pence, condemning him for supporting Trump after the president referred to white supremacists as “very fine people.”
The now-infamous Trump comments were made in the wake of the neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville and the subsequent violence that took the life of an innocent young woman.
You have defended a President who called white supremacists “very fine people.” https://t.co/SWVch5LxCR
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 4, 2018
Newsom has been a vocal opponent of the Trump administration and is running to become Governor of California.