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What They're Saying: MLK Day

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:

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted:

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein tweeted:

Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) tweeted it was time to take up King's "unfinished work" on economic inequality:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also spoke of King’s "bold vision" for both “racial and economic justice”:

Another former presidential contender, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), tweeted:

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted:

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:

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:

What do you have to say?

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.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: Creative Commons / Library of Congress)

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  • Ticktock
    01/15/2018
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    Trump has no business discussing Martin L. King in any form. He should not discuss someone’s who’s memory he does not respect nor who’s mission he does not understand or support. Trump, the Congress and Trump’s supporters have turned the US into a Piraña amongst nations. They are racists and fascists. It will take decades for the US to get the dirt off of our reputation. I just hope that our recovery begins in 2018 with a vengeance.

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  • Sandra
    01/15/2018
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    We as a nation of people are made up of different nationalities and religious beliefs...ONE nation, with liberty and justice for all MUST speak out against intolerance, racism, and bigotry WHERE-EVER we find it...be it in the humblest house or the House of the American people...the minute a person decides to remain silent or "explain away " injustice or intolerance they begin to die and since they are an integral part of the whole nation, so does the nation. It is true (and I paraphrase here) all that it takes for evil to persist is for good men to do nothing...S.Daenzer

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  • Tim
    01/16/2018
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    I spend this day each year learning more about the contributions made by MLK and African Americans to this country and to the world.

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  • Christine
    01/15/2018
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    I am tired of djt, a racist bigot and Mike Pence a homophobe bigot praising the great MLK who is the antithesis of these two outliers and their administration. MLK would be very concerned at the state of the USA and the partisanship in Washington, D. C.

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  • Brian
    01/15/2018
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    I’m pretty sure mlk is rolling in his grave thanks to trump , impeach !

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  • Megan
    01/16/2018
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    The dream of this very important leader and hero (and this entire nation ) are becoming destroyed because of the hate and racism being spewed by our leader. Republicans need to stand up for what is morally and ethically right. If we don’t unite this very divided country, I fear we will end up in a civil war.

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  • Michael n angie
    01/16/2018
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    Dr.Martin Luther King was a very brave man. And if you know your history you also know that Republicans had given black America all the rights and privileges that white America had BUT Democrats gained control of the house and took it all back. The KKK was a faction of the Democratic party. They weren’t hanging black Americans for being black,rather they were being hung because they were Republicans. There were also white hangings etc.. but you don’t hear about it because it doesn’t fit the progressive “evil America “ narrative. READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP! This should be on the front page of every newspaper. Charley Reese's Final column! A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL. Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.. Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering! 545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.) The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ] It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you. This might be funny if it weren't so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end: Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Like · · Share · 2 hours ago via mobile ·

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  • Jesse
    01/15/2018
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    This president knows northing about the civil right movement and knows northing about people of color

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  • Mary
    01/15/2018
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    Trumps purported racist remarks are not purported but true. Those present who don't remember what he said speak loudly about condoning his speech. They think like he does plain and simple. He has a history of several lawsuits involving not renting to blacks, not hiring blacks and screwing workers out of their earned wages. Quite frankly I was disappointed with the blacks who showed up to support his recognition of MLK day. Trump is a sick, ignorant buffoon. I don't trust his Vice President anymore than I trust him. So for me I anxiously await the coming elections and his ouster in 3 years.

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  • David
    01/16/2018
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    I would honor MLK by emulating his world view and encouraging others to do the same. That is to believe in and practice what Jesus Christ teaches us in his written word....in the Bible. If we all believed and behaved as Christ Followers, our country would be truly a Great nation as MLK wanted. Return Bible study, reading, prayers, and the 10 Commandments, to the public schools as it originally was. That’s a good beginning. Even our founders believed that Christians make the best citizens.

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  • Shirley
    01/16/2018
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    Mary where are you getting your information on the comment that you made about our President (Please Post) about not hiring Blacks, or paying his employee's. I have heard Black society talk about him and they love him and have talked very highly of him. I get real sad when such comments are made by society when I've heard the good that our Black people have also made good comments on.

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  • Blake
    02/12/2018
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    We must remember all that have helped our country become the country it has today .

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  • Countryfirst
    01/15/2018
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    It is absolutely disgusting to hear trump, pence and any if their white supremacist buddies even utter MLK's name! The silence of republicans when the vile racist comments were made by #45 equate them to the same scum as trump.

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  • BeStrong
    01/16/2018
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    Read...Simple Justice (Brown v Board of EDU) or In Struggle: SNCC and the black awakening or MLKs Letter from a Birmingham Jail, not a reader...watch Selma or 13th (thirteenth amendment). Learn something that is new to you this month.

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