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Sarah Sanders Ignites Social Media Backlash After Saying MLK ‘Gave His Life’


Sarah Sanders Ignites Social Media Backlash After Saying MLK ‘Gave His Life’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday faced intense backlash on social media over her Martin Luther King Jr. Day message.

“Today we honor a great American who gave his life to right the wrong of racial inequality,” Sanders tweeted.

“Our country is better thanks to his inspiration and sacrifice,” she added.

Many Twitter users were quick to note that Dr. King was assassinated and criticized Sanders for using of the phrase ”gave his life.”

James Earl Ray was convicted of assassinating King in 1968 in Memphis.

“Apparently, MLK volunteered to be murdered,” wrote Cory Provost, a district leader for New York’s 58th Assembly District.

“Martin Luther King would have fought with every drop of blood in his body against you and your overlord,” wrote attorney and activist Rabia O’Chaudry.

Vice President Mike Pence faced intense backlash on Sunday for using Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech to champion President Trump’s demand for a wall on the southern border.

Martin Luther King III on Monday blasted Pence for invoking his father’s words to pitch Trump’s immigration proposal: “The vice president attempted to compare the president to Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a bridge builder, not a wall builder. Martin Luther King Jr. would say, ‘Love, not hate, will make America great.’”

A short time later, Trump and Pence made a surprise visit to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday — but he stayed for less than two minutes (and stayed for less than 60-seconds when you discount walking to and from the memorial).


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