Speaker “Wild Bill” Finley received big applause at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention on Sunday as he preached that Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been a tea party member if he were alive today.
Finley told the crowd the left has “hijacked” King’s dream and that racism would have died out long ago if it wasn’t “manufactured” by liberals.
He said that MLK, who worked closely with socialist and anti-capitalist civil rights activists throughout his career, would not abide the left’s “political agenda.” Finley said that if King were alive today the left would “spit in his face.”
“We are the people who practice Dr. King’s dream,” he said. “It is the Tea Party where people are not judged by the color of their skin, and it’s Tea Party Americans who believe that character still counts.”
“So today, I am officially announcing that the Tea Party is taking Martin Luther King away from the liberal left,” Finley said.
“And to you race-baiting promoters of division and hatred, you’re not getting him back until you renounce your shameful skin-color politics and start practicing the politics of character,” he said to applause.
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