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MLK's niece: No harm in Mike Pence comparing Trump to my uncle

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/22/2019 Caitlin Yilek
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A niece of Martin Luther King Jr. defended Vice President Mike Pence on Monday for comparing her uncle to President Trump.

Pence invoked the words of the civil rights leader in an interview Sunday when he called on Congress to approve funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Alveda King said she didn’t believe Pence “was really doing anything harmful.”

“I’m really accustomed to people taking the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and trying to fit them to what they believe. People do the Bible the same way,” she told Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto.”

Pence had spoken about how Martin Luther King Jr. was an inspiration while connecting his legacy to Trump's push for southern border wall funding.

"One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, 'Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.' You think of how he changed America," Pence told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” "He inspired us to change through the legislative process to become a more perfect union. That's exactly what President Trump is calling on the Congress to do: Come to the table in a spirit of good faith. We'll secure our border, we'll reopen our government."

King’s son Martin Luther King III disapproved of Pence’s use of the quote, saying Monday his father “was a bridge builder, not a wall builder.”

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