Vice President Mike Pence is being called out for honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday just months after he walked out of an NFL game where players of color protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.

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Mike Pence’s MLK day tweet does not go over well

The response was swift.

 

Andrew Wyrich

Tech

Published Jan 15, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 4:44 am CDT

Vice President Mike Pence is being called out for honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday just months after he walked out of an NFL game where players of color protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.

Pence, joining a chorus of other politicians, tweeted on Monday morning after visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. that America should “rededicate ourselves” to King’s causes.

“Today we remember the legacy of MLK Jr. His memorial stands tall, but the real memorial to Dr. King resides in the hearts of all who strive for a more perfect union. To honor him, let’s rededicate ourselves to the cause Dr. King selflessly advanced, that all men are created equal.”

However, Twitter was quick to point out that Pence has a spotty history when it comes to treating people equally.

In October, Pence walked out of an NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts amid President Donald Trump‘s tirades against players kneeling during the national anthem.

The irony of Pence tweeting about King’s “cause” while saying he wouldn’t “dignify” the NFL protest last year was not lost on people–not to mention his record against LGBTQ Americans.

https://twitter.com/jacobbendicksen/status/952939312697528320

NFL players started kneeling after quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the movement in August 2016, saying he wasn’t “going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

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*First Published: Jan 15, 2018, 11:28 am CST