Mike Pence made a surprising comparison between Donald Trump to Marin Luther King Jr. over the weekend and claimed that both leaders were an inspiration to people across the United States, Newsweek reported.
The Vice President spoke on Sunday’s Face The Nation, where host Margaret Brennan provoked Pence regarding the President’s proposals to end the government shutdown and the extended DACA recipients protection. Trump’s offer was rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called it “unacceptable,” a “non-starter” and stated that it did not “represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives.”
“If this is a genuine attempt [at ending the shutdown], why weren’t any Democrats included in the consultations?” Brennan asked Pence on Sunday.
Pence responded by reciting Trump administration talking points before adding a surprising comparison of the President to Martin Luther King Jr. to sell the proposed border wall.
“Honestly, you know, the hearts and minds of the American people today are thinking a lot about it being the weekend we are remembering the life and the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy’,” he said, quoting a passage from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Pence continued on to argue that like MLK, Trump has also “inspired us to change.”
“You think of how he changed America, he inspired us to change through the legislative process, to become a more perfect union,” he said. “That’s exactly what President Trump is calling on the Congress to do, come to the table in a spirit of good faith.”