Pence slammed after comparing Trump to Martin Luther King Jr. over border wall negotiations
Vice President Mike Pence is facing a storm of protests over quoting Martin Luther King Jr in defense of President Donald Trump's border wall project.
Mike Pence has sparked off a furor by using a quote from one of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.´s most iconic speeches in defense of civil rights and equality for all in defense of President Donald Trump's controversial project to build a border wall to keep out immigrants.
Pence was justifying Trump's obstinacy, which has resulted in the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States.
Pence compares Trump with MLK: "One of my favorite quotes from Dr King was, 'Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.' You think of how he changed America... that's exactly what POTUS is calling on the Congress to do. Come to the table... we'll secure our border." pic.twitter.com/DbVGZVWiCV— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 20, 2019
"The American people today are thinking a lot about it being the weekend we are remembering the life and the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.’”
Vice President Mike Pence
APPROPRIATING KING'S "DREAM" SPEECH TO JUSTIFY TRUMP
Pence was on CBS' "Face the Nation" on January 20, 2019, and during his interview with Margaret Brennan, he startled the journalist by quoting Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
He then compared Rev. King's titanic struggle to bring about justice and social equality with President Trump's plan to build the border wall:
"He (Martin Luther King Jr.) inspired us to change through the legislative process, to become a more perfect union. That's exactly what President Trump is calling on Congress to do — come to the table in the spirit of good faith."
.@EleanorNorton: We've got to remember on #MartinLutherKing's birthday the progress we've made. At the same time we can't allow Vice President Pence to get away with cleansing the president on Martin Luther King's birthday. #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/ODcxkl6OCj— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) January 20, 2019
Mike Pence's declaration was seen as a vain attempt at appropriating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy
DEFENDING THE SHUTDOWN ON NATIONAL TV
Pence was defending Trump's intransigence in refusing to back down on his demand that Congress approve the $5,7 billion funding to build the border wall he had promised Americans that Mexico would pay for.
The deadlock between the President and Congress has left over 800,000 federal workers without a salary.
To equate the legacy of one of America’s finest statesmen and champions of civil rights with a vanity project built on racist ideology and hatred is beyond disgraceful. @VP owes the American people, and the memory of Dr. King, an immediate and profuse apology. @POTUS is no MLK!— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) January 20, 2019
BACKLASH AT PENCE'S QUOTE IS OVERWHELMING
The response to Pense's declaration on social media was overwhelming. Among the objectors was the U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district Jackie Speir.
Speir pointed out that Trump's "vanity project" was built on discrimination and hatred, and diametrically opposite to Rev. King's passionate appeal to brotherhood and justice for all during his famous civil rights speech.
COMMENTATORS DEMAND APOLOGY FROM PENCE
The District of Columbia's non-voting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, stated:
"We can't allow Vice President Pence to get away with cleansing the president on Martin Luther King's birthday."
Mike Pence's declaration was seen as a vain attempt at appropriating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy as a cloak for what they see as President Donald Trump's crusade of exclusion, fear, and discrimination.
BERNIE LIVE IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Watch Senator Sanders speak at the annual King Day at the Dome rally in Columbia, South Carolina https://t.co/lOUoUUgFrx— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 21, 2019
BERNIE SANDERS CALLED TRUMP A "RACIST" AT A MLKJ DAY EVENT
Another one of President Donald Trump's political opponents, Senator Bernie Sanders, spoke out at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in South Carolina on January 20, 2019.
Sanders, 77, is a possible candidate for the 2020 presidential election, has always been one of Donald Trump's most vocal critics. In his speech he labeled the president as a racist:
“It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist.”
Sanders spoke openly about the President's divisive policies and called for medical care, free public college, affordable childcare for all.
Sanders revealed that on the day Rev. King was killed, he was in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers.
Bernie Sanders called for a resurgence of Martin Luther King's revolutionary spirit in the face of the current rise wave of racism and discrimination throughout the United States.
In a related story, a New York TV meteorologist was fired after blurting out a racial slur while talking about Martin Luther King Jr.