Throughout the United States, there remain an array of interests firmly opposed to the president’s agenda despite the fact that he and his ilk have taken over the White House and even control both houses of Congress.
One such interest is California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who is running to replace current California Governor Jerry Brown, who will be retiring at the end of his present term.
Newsom took to Twitter on Wednesday to point out the hypocrisy inherent in the president’s right hand man, Vice President Mike Pence, praising civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while working for an administration like the Trump White House. Wednesday is the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King.
Pence’s original message reads:
’50 years ago today, Dr. King’s life was tragically cut short – but that did not stop his immortal words, his courageous example and his faith from inspiring generations of Americans. Today we honor the man and the Dream.’
Despite Pence paying lip service to the legacy of Dr. King, the facts remain of what the vice president himself has stood for during his time on the national stage.
On a general level, Pence has opposed the advancement of the rights of minorities when it’s suited him through such means as seeking to legalize and normalize discrimination against the LGBT community.
Even more specifically applicable to the case of Dr. King, the vice president has joined with Donald Trump himself in opposing advocacy on behalf of the rights of African Americans. The two of them both expressed strong opposition to the movement of NFL players taking a knee during pre-game anthems as a show of solidarity with African Americans.
Pence himself left a NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers last year after players took a knee.
California’s Lt. Gov. Newsom pointed out another issue with Pence acting as though he can speak to the legacy of Dr. King.
As Newsom reminded the world, it was Pence’s boss Donald Trump who insisted that there were “fine people” among marchers at a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.
That gathering ended with three people dead, one of whom was a counterprotester killed by a white supremacist.
Newsom responded to Pence by writing:
‘You have defended a President who called white supremacists “very fine people.”’
The irony of the situation is apparently lost on Pence considering the fact that he posted the tweet anyway.
The state of California has butted heads with the Trump administration in the past, including recently over immigration policy. The administration sued the state over their recent legislation establishing themselves as a “sanctuary jurisdiction” and forbidding cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.
As for Newsom, he is widely considered the frontrunner in the race to be the next governor of California. His past includes a stint as the mayor of San Francisco, where he was the first mayor in the country to allow same sex marriage licenses to be issued.
In other words, his political career stands in striking contrast to that of Mike Pence in terms of the values it represents.
Check out Twitter’s response to Newsom below.
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