As the nation reflects on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Vice President Mike Pence is receiving backlash for comparing President Donald Trump’s insistence on funding a wall at the southern border to Dr. King’s calls for humanity and justice for people everywhere.
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
“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, he inspired us to change through the legislative process, to become a more perfect union. That’s exactly what POTUS is calling on the Congress to do. Come to the table… we’ll secure our border.”
Now, Dr. King’s son—Martin Luther King III—wasn’t pleased with Pence’s comparison. He 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.’”
Many Americans agreed with MLK III.
But what doesn’t work here is the definition of a more perfect union. MLK’s definition was the antithesis of pence’s & trump’s.
— Mel (@FretodrmMel) January 20, 2019
Pence, do not proceed to attempt to link MLK and Trump, EVER!
— ♐️👑Party of One 🎉♐️ (@GlamSquad09) January 20, 2019
— DianeNamm (@DianeNamm) January 20, 2019
That’s obscene. Pence doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
— PGH_GAL (@PGH_GAL) January 21, 2019
Probably the first time he has thought about MLK ever.
— Clifton Rodney (@cliftonrodney) January 20, 2019
"Everyone has an equal right to a good life" vs. "Put a wall up to keep them out"…seems like the same thing, yeah.
— Robert Sharp (@therobswritings) January 21, 2019
The actions of the Trump administration—like the constant vilification of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem—seem to many the antithesis of the work to which Dr. King dedicated his life.