Politician Steve King, like everyone else, tweeted a very inspirational quote by Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday for what would have been the activist’s 89th birthday.
Martin Luther King,Jr. this MLK Day, “Ive been to the mountain top. And I’ve seen the promised land. …we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” pic.twitter.com/7aOrCHBLTi
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 15, 2018
What took people by surprise, however, is King’s often conflicting views with nearly everything MLK stood for. Such as his tweet saying “diversity isn’t our strong suit.” King famously wondered out loud what ‘sub-groups’ besides whites made contributions to civilization. Thankfully, Twitter keeps receipts and they were gladly yanked out to remind King that his views and MLK’s do not align.
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) January 15, 2018
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) January 15, 2018
Former TV One host Roland Martin accused King of trying to pimp MLK. He tweeted, “Here’s a perfect example of a GOP politician trying to pimp MLK. This man would despise EVERYTHING he stood for. Steve King, don’t quote MLK again.”
— Mike That New Orleans Dude (@Mike504ever) January 15, 2018
Steve. Steve. Steve. You really must get better at this whole practice what you preach thing. Posting quotes from the formidable and beautiful Dr. King while having a Confederate flag on your desk? Dude. pic.twitter.com/dj9rRApiMN
— PoetessK (@k_poetess) January 15, 2018