Just because the government’s shutdown doesn’t mean that politicians are taking time off from saying and doing stupid things. Sunday, on the eve of Martin Luther King Day, Vice President Mike Pence tried to compare President Donald Trump to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., referencing words from King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech to try to sell the idea of Trump’s border wall. Yes. That happened.
Once you get your head re-situated on your body, you will not be surprised to learn that a lot of people really did not see any similarity between the two men. (Perhaps you are not even that surprised that he did it in the first place, given that this is Mike Pence we’re talking about.) One man was an inspiring leader and champion of equal rights. The other is Donald Trump.
One person who criticized Pence was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s son, Martin Luther King III, who was in D.C. to mark the occasion of this father’s namesake day.
On Monday, according to the Atlantic, 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.”
It was on CBS’ Face the Nation that the Vice President said,
“But 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 President Trump is calling on the Congress to do. Come to the table in a spirit of good faith. We’ll secure our border, we’ll reopen the government and we’ll move our nation forward as the president said yesterday to even a broader discussion about immigration reform in the months ahead.”
How is one thing related to the other? Easy, they’re not related at all. It’s completely ridiculous and honestly disrespectful. Pence cherry-picked King’s speech, looking for one thing that could possibly, conceivably, back the bid for the wall.
Here’s the clip:
People on Twitter also didn’t see much of a similarity between Donald Trump and Martin Luther King Jr.
Blasphemy.— Tony Yashar (@ThatGameTalk) January 21, 2019
Do they have mandatory drug testing at the White House?
— Norman Birch (@birch_norman) January 21, 2019
— DeW WH (@QuollyBear) January 21, 2019
Once again, Mike Pence is the walking embodiment of the saying, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt." https://t.co/4o6C2bDoUI via rawstory— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) January 21, 2019
Pence compared Trump to MLK which just shows that he understands the teachings of MLK about as well as he understands the teachings of Jesus Christ.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 21, 2019
He should really be struck by lightening ⚡️⚡️for his sacrilege— No One is Above the Law (@noybsk2017) January 20, 2019
— JC Ruiz (@_jcruiz_) January 20, 2019
Dear @VP as Dr. King said of the Berlin Wall: "Here on either side of the wall are God's children, and no manmade barrier can obliterate that fact," he said at St. Mary's Church on Sept. 13, 1964. Stop dishonoring MLK and stop the hate. https://t.co/w9Qi5K3K20— Karen Finney (@finneyk) January 21, 2019
This comparison inspired me to donate $45 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
— Orange October, Blue November (@OrngOctBlueNov) January 20, 2019
If MLKJr was alive today, Trump would say he wasn’t born here and Mike Pence would find a way to justify the criminalization of MLK Jr work. https://t.co/1kjlH0RYpQ— Jamira Burley (@JamiraBurley) January 20, 2019
Mike Pence just used a quote from MLK as inspiration to build the wall and I blacked out for a full minute— Jenna Schenk (@JennaSchenk) January 20, 2019
I’m not sure which I believe less: That Donald Trump is acting exactly like Martin Luther King in demanding a border wall, or that Mike Pence has a favorite MLK quote (which he has to read verbatim while quoting).— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) January 20, 2019
I didn’t think that Pence had a sense of humor. Seriously, this has to be satire.
— k8ych (@k8ych) January 20, 2019
So, just to sum up: President Trump wants $5 billion funding for a border wall or series of slats or who even knows at this point along the southern border of the U.S. The Democrats don’t want to do it, and so now our government is shut down, our safety truly is compromised, and hundreds of thousands of people are going without pay because one whiny man baby didn’t get his way.