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By Alex Johnson
Vice President Mike Pens was sharply criticized on Sunday for citing Rev. Martin Luther King in his most famous speech in defense of President Donald Trump's efforts to convince Congress to fund the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Appears in CBS "Face of the Nation" on Sunday ̵
Speaking of King, the Vice President continued: "Thoughts of how he changed America." He inspired us to change the legislative process, for to make it a more perfect union. "" That's exactly what President Trump calls Congress to do – to the mass in the spirit of good faith, "said Pens. – We'll secure our boundary. We will reopen the government and move our nation forward, as the president said yesterday, even to a wider debate on immigration reform in the coming months. "
Left unnoticed that only a year later , in a speech in East Berlin, King specifically addressed the theme of the Berlin Wall that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989
"Here on both sides of the wall is God's children, and no man-made barrier can erase this fact, "he said in the church of St.
The reaction was quick and acute
Eleonor Holmes Norton, the Democratic Democratic Delegate "We can not allow Vice President Pens to get out of President Martin Luther King's birthday cleaning." A member of the executive board in Montgomery, Alabama, called the remarks " of an insult to the inheritance of Dr. King . "
Rep. Jackie Spear, D-California, also calls the use of King's words from Pens's words "beyond disgrace." disgraceful. @VP owes the American people and the memory of Dr. King, an immediate and profound excuse. @POTUS is not MLK! 20 January, 2019
Meanwhile, Ibrah H. Candy, founder and director of the Center for Investigation and Anti-racism Policy, the American University in Washington commented on Penn's comments and wrote: " They" worship "the MLK every year by killing who ."