Hours after being roundly criticized for ignoring Martin Luther King Jr. on a national holiday in his honor, President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit Monday at a Washington memorial erected for the slain civil rights leader.
"One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, 'Now is the time to make the real promises of democracy.' You think of how he changed America", Pence told host Margaret Brennan. That's exactly what President Trump is calling on the Congress to do: Come to the table in a spirit of good faith.
"So having Vice President Pence invoke Martin Luther King, for this deal or for anything else, really flies in the face of his memory".
Trump had been criticized earlier in the day by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who said it was "an insult to the American people" that the White House was not commemorating the holiday with an event.More news: Facebook's WhatsApp limits users to five text forwards to curb rumors
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"Martin Luther King Jr was a bridge builder, not a wall builder", said King, according to Atlantic writer Edward-Isaac Dovere. "Martin Luther King Jr. would say love, not hate, will make America great".
King's son denounced the vice president's comparison as he spoke at a National Action Network MLK Breakfast Monday.
In a since-deleted tweet, the Seminoles attempted to honor Dr. King with an edited picture of the civil rights icon wearing a football glove and appearing to do the tomahawk chop.
"As we celebrate his life and legacy this holiday weekend, we felt it was important we do our part to ensure that the historical landmarks be accessible to the public", Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines and Trustee of The Delta Air Lines Foundation, said in a statement.