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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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