MLK’s Son Shuts Down Pence: My Father Was A ‘Bridge Builder, Not A Wall Builder’

Bernice King the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks during the IÊAM 2018Ê"MountaintopÊSpeech" Commemoration at the Mason TempleÊChurch of God in Christ the same place her father delivered his "Mountaintop" speech, on the eve of his assassination April 3, 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee. The city is commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's assassination on April 4, 1968.
MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 03: Martin Luther King III the son of Martin Luther King, Jr., attends the I AM 2018 "Mountaintop Speech" Commemoration at the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, the same place his father del... MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 03: Martin Luther King III the son of Martin Luther King, Jr., attends the I AM 2018 "Mountaintop Speech" Commemoration at the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, the same place his father delivered his "Mountaintop" speech on the eve of his assassination, April 3, 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee. The city is commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's assassination on April 4, 1968. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 21, 2019 3:47 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s son doesn’t appreciate Vice President Mike Pence comparing his father’s civil rights activism to President Donald Trump’s attempt to build a border wall.

Martin Luther King III on Monday responded to Pence’s Face the Nation interview, during which the VP used a quote from MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech to make a case for Trump’s wall.

“Martin Luther King Jr was a bridge builder, not a wall builder,” said King, according to Atlantic writer Edward-Isaac Dovere. “Martin Luther King Jr. would say, ‘Love, not hate, will make America great.'”

During his interview, Pence repeated MLK’s quote “Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy” and declared that’s “exactly” what Trump was doing by demanding $5.7 billion for his unpopular border wall.

King himself later tweeted a Hill report on his comments, thus confirming his response.

H/t the Hill.

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