Martin Luther King’s son just torched Mike Pence for dishonoring his father with Trump’s bigotry

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Yesterday, Vice-President Mike Pence had the stunning audacity to invoke the words of civil rights hero and avowed democratic socialist Martin Luther King Jr. in a ham-fisted attempt to defend the President’s racist agenda.

On CBS’ Face the Nation, Pence quoted the world-famous “I Have A Dream” speech to call for Democrats to give in to the president’s demands and give him the money to squander on his personal monument to disgusting racism across the southern border.

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Martin Luther King’s son, however, was furious with the appropriation of his father’s legacy to defend a  white supremacist agenda, especially on the day before we commemorate his father’s assassination by a white supremacist.

Channeling his father’s spirit, Martin Luther King III declared that his father was a bridgebuilder, not a wall builder, and that he would have said that love, not hate, was what would make America truly great.

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It is absolutely disgusting to see the right-wing’s efforts to neuter Martin Luther King’s legacy and turn him from an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and anti-racist revolutionary into an infallible hero who politely asked America to stop being racist and then the issue was solved forever.

White supremacists like Trump and his enablers like Pence shouldn’t be allowed to speak Dr. King’s name, let alone use it to try to justify this preposterous, self-inflicted government standoff whose sole purpose is a monument to everything Dr. King fought against.

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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