Rev. William Barber calls out TN Governor Bill Lee to His Face: Can’t Say You Love Dr. King and Not Support His Agenda


Reverend William Barber is both an American Protestant minister and political activist. The national board member of the NAACP the chair of its Legislative Political Action Committee. During a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in Nashville, TN on Monday, Rev. Barber called out Governor Bill Lee (R-TN) in a fiery speech, while the Tennessee Governor sat just feet away from the dais where Barber was speaking.

In a series of tweets posted by former Congressional candidate Justin Kanew, Barber can be viewed ridiculing the positions of Governor Lee, President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence for policies that Barber believes are at odds with Dr. King’s legacy.

“Politicians can’t say they love Dr. King and how he stood for love and unity, but then you deny and refuse to support his agenda,” Rev. Barber stated before turning to add “Right Governor?” to Gov. Lee sitting behind him:

Barber then noted that Governor Lee himself is a product of immigration, asking “Governor, what’s your name?”

Barber then took on voter fraud:

Barber also openly mocked Vice President Pence’s referencing of King’s past comments as a defense of President Trump’s plan to build a border wall. “That’s just foolish!”

(H/T to Justin Kanew for posting these and more clips on his Twitter feed.)


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