House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) decided he’d send out a laudatory tweet in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the day set aside to remember the accomplishments of the civil rights leader, but based on the reaction his posting received, he probably wishes he had chosen to remain silent.
As Republicans across the country and in Congress continue to make it more difficult for people to cast a ballot and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act remains on hold in the U.S. Senate thanks to the refusal of Senate Republicans to even hold a debate on the legislation, McCarthy sent out this:
“From the halls of Ebenezer Baptist Church to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, #MLK spent his life spreading what he called ‘the gospel of freedom.’ He never gave up and never preached hate. His words and example inspire us today as we celebrate a great American on #MLKDay.”
From the halls of Ebenezer Baptist Church to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, #MLK spent his life spreading what he called “the gospel of freedom.” He never gave up and never preached hate.
His words and example inspire us today as we celebrate a great American on #MLKDay.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 17, 2022
That didn’t sit well with many on Twitter, who reminded McCarthy of his own hypocrisy when it comes to issues that matter the most to African Americans.
You should try harder to be inspired by greatness, Steve. pic.twitter.com/ChA0mUIEYZ
— SSton (@SharinStone) January 17, 2022
Hypocrites, all of you.
You’ll celebrate the man while blocking the rights that he fought to the death for.
You’re hideous hypocrites.
— Jen (@jenminicooper) January 17, 2022
You have some nerve. pic.twitter.com/VTKErRC1qr
— Sarah Rose (@NoBSallowed1) January 17, 2022
Kevin says he supports the goals of MLK, but not when it involves those pesky black voters. Heavens no, can’t have that happen
— Madison Law Review (@MadLawReview) January 17, 2022
This tweet is disgusting because we all know you’re the antithesis of the great MLK. You’re a disgrace to everything the great man fought and stood for. You have no shame.
— Majestic (@MajesticResists) January 17, 2022
— Anomaly♡s Army (@edmeyer_able) January 17, 2022
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