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.”

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.

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