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.
Pence quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech to argue for Trump's latest pitch for wall money: "Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy." pic.twitter.com/oJPZEG59BQ
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) January 20, 2019
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.
.@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
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.