Mike Pence Tries to Sell Trump’s Border Wall Demand with Martin Luther King Quote
Vice President Mike Pence invoked the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in order to promote Donald Trump‘s latest attempt to work his way out of the Trump shutdown, in which Trump offered to undo some of what he’s done to DREAMers in exchange for border wall funding.
On Sunday morning’s edition of CBS News’ Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan pressed Pence on Trump’s latest offer, which includes temporary protection for the DACA recipients that Trump himself ordered could be eligible for deportation.
Noting that the plan has no Democratic support, Brennan questioned whether this was a “genuine attempt” to end the shutdown.
Pence went into a lengthy recap of the administration;s talking points, then added something new.
“Honestly, you know, the hearts and minds of 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.,” Pence said.
“One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the the promises of democracy’,” Pence said. “You think of how he changed America, he inspired us to change through the legislative process.”
“That’s exactly what President Trump is calling on the congress to do,” he said, completing his supposed parallel between the two men.
Pence was quoting this passage of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which makes scant mention of border walls or temporary protection from deportations, but does take direct aim at “gradualism”:
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.
Watch the clip above, via CBS.
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