MLK’s Son Slams Mike Pence For Quoting His Father to Defend the Border Wall
Martin Luther King Jr.’s son responds to Mike Pence after the vice president quotes one of MLK’s most famous speeches in support of President Trump’s immigration proposal.
After Mike Pence appeared on the CBS program Face the Nation and quoted Rev. Martin Luther King to urge Congress to fund President Trump’s border wall, the late reverend’s son has responded.
According to a tweet posted by Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic, while visiting Washington D.C. in honor of MLK day, King III 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.'”
Pence appeared on the CBS program on Sunday — a day before the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday — and used a passage from the civil right leader’s “I Have a Dream” speech, sparking outrage.
“But one of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy,'” Pence said. “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.”
As the federal shutdown continues, Trump’s latest immigration pitch includes funding for the southern border wall and temporary protection for undocumented immigrants. Democrats have already rejected the deal, calling it a “non-starter,” according to CNN.