On Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, Republicans including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) have leaped into action attempting to claim the late civil rights leader’s ideals as their own. In reality, their hypocrisy shines through clearly, considering the clearly demonstrable record of the current Republican presidential administration that includes rolling back basic rights for immigrants, Muslims, and plenty of other communities. This Monday, McCarthy tried to post a Twitter message self-righteously lauding the “common bonds” that MLK spoke of — but literally the post right before that features him claiming that Democrats have done nothing substantive in the last three years. In other words, it’s all laughable hypocrisy.
‘Declaration of Independence → “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” That is the American creed. Martin Luther King Jr. invited all of us to rally around it and deepen our common bonds. Let his life—and his legacy—inspire us now.’
Literally just about twelve hours earlier, McCarthy posted a claim that for three years, Trump has been “working overtime to defend America” while Democrats have been “working overtime to defame the president.” You couldn’t come up with a better demonstration of hypocrisy if you tried!
Is defense of America and these common bonds why McCarthy has refused to acknowledge the publicly available evidence implicating the president in a plot to bribe Ukraine into meddling in U.S. elections? Is it why McCarthy has refused to break with the president through all of his attacks on the independence of the judiciary, the intelligence community, immigrants, and the massive list of his other targets?
Martin Luther King’s own daughter Bernice summed up the situation well when, days before Monday, she posted that observers should not quote her father on Monday and then “suppress the vote and support systemic oppression on Tuesday.” But, here the Republicans are anyway.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 17, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to McCarthy below