Martin Luther King III criticized Vice President Mike Pence for invoking his father’s words to pitch President Trump’s immigration proposal and border wall.
“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 III said on Monday, according to The Atlantic.
“Martin Luther King Jr. would say, ‘Love, not hate, will make America great,'” Martin Luther King III, who was in Washington D.C. to mark the national holiday celebrating his father, added.
In a Sunday interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennan pressed Pence on Trump’s latest offer to end his partial federal government shutdown, which includes temporary protection for the DACA recipients that Trump himself ordered could be eligible for deportation.
“So what the president has directed us to do is to reach out with rank-and-file Democrats in the House and in the Senate,” Pence explained. “What the president presented yesterday really is an effort to bring together ideas from both political parties. I think it is an act of statesmanship on the president’s part.”
“And honestly,” he said, “the hearts and minds of the American people are thinking a lot today about [this] being the weekend we remember the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
“One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy,’” Pence said, quoting from Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech.
“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.”
Pence was quoting a passage from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech:
This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.