by Countable | 1.15.18
On Monday, various politicians issued statements and tweets honoring the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Here’s what they’re saying on MLK Day.
In a video message posted by the White House, President Donald Trump referenced King’s 1963 "I Have A Dream" speech, saying “Dr. King’s dream is our dream.”
Trump’s words are receiving mixed reviews, however, as the president is currently being condemned for purported racist remarks about immigrants from predominantly black or Latin American countries. Over the weekend, Trump told reporters:
"I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you."
Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting with Trump and confirmed the president’s "s***hole" remark, tweeted:
Martin Luther King Jr. challenged us all to look beyond the color of our skin. Today is a time to reflect on his mission, and what steps we still need to take in our march towards justice and equality for all #MLKDay. pic.twitter.com/iFdUOl6gSy— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 15, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted:
Today we remember the legacy of MLK Jr. His memorial stands tall, but the real memorial to Dr. King resides in the hearts of all who strive for a more perfect union. To honor him, let's rededicate ourselves to the cause Dr. King selflessly advanced, that all men are created equal pic.twitter.com/2gDuZfQmfC— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 15, 2018
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein tweeted:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once told us "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." So on this #MLKDay, let us not be afraid to speak out against intolerance, speak out against harassment and speak out against injustice. pic.twitter.com/5lGBaHt3fe— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 15, 2018
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) tweeted it was time to take up King's "unfinished work" on economic inequality:
As #MLKDay approaches, it's our turn to take up Dr. King's unfinished work. Together, we can build a country where everyone has a fair shot. No more trickle-down economics, no more #GOPTaxScam, it's time for Congress to work for ALL Americans. pic.twitter.com/dRltGOYKQq— Rep. Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) January 12, 2018
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also spoke of King’s "bold vision" for both “racial and economic justice”:
To truly honor Dr. King we must fight to carry out his radical and bold vision for racial and economic justice in America and transform our national priorities. The struggle continues to this day, and our work is far from over. #MLKDay— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 15, 2018
Another former presidential contender, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), tweeted:
This #MLKDay I urge everyone to reflect on the principles that Martin Luther King Jr. peacefully defended so that as a nation we can continue to embody his dream of opportunity and equality for all. pic.twitter.com/BPZXO68qnB— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) January 15, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted:
Today we remember a great man and his work. We read his sermons. We recall his sacrifices. We give back. In doing these things, we raise our gaze and renew the spirit in which we serve one another. Such is the calling of #MLKDay. pic.twitter.com/UpNNtZJ8n5— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 15, 2018
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, tweeted a statement:
GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was reminded of former president Ronald Reagan’s remarks honoring Dr. King:
As President Reagan noted, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King isn’t just that he called for change, it’s that he called for continuous change. #MLKDay is a reminder to all of us that there is always more to do in the inspired fight he led. pic.twitter.com/Ecxl8mlwNS #utpol— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 15, 2018
Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the lone African American Republican in the upper chamber, sent out a series of tweets honoring Dr. King, opening with:
Dr. King - I was just two years old when you were tragically killed in April 1968. You were born in the same decade as my grandfather, another black man born in the Jim Crow South. #ThankYouMLK50— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) January 15, 2018
Now that you know what they’re saying, what do you have to say? Did you tweet out anything with #MLKday? Are you honoring Dr. King’s memory in some way? Hit Take Action, let your reps know, then share your thoughts below.
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