Don Lemon Blasts Republicans for Daring to Praise Martin Luther King Jr.
CNN anchor criticizes those commemorating civil rights leader
CNN anchor Don Lemon took aim at Trump-supporting Republicans for praising the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
The host said during "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" that Republicans were hypocrites for sharing tweets honoring the late King.
On Monday, Pence tweeted how King called on Americans to "live up to the highest ideals" of the United States founders and added King would "inspire us for generations to come."
Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a giant of the Civil Rights Movement who called on our Nation to live up to the highest ideals of our founding. We pay tribute to the incredible life & accomplishments of Dr. King & his memory will inspire us for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/2jXe2Eshnv— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 18, 2021
McConnell wrote that King's lifelong values would keep inspiring Americans "to keep working."
Today we honor one of our nation’s— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 18, 2021
great heroes. Dr. King called on America to truly fulfill our founding principles and provide justice and opportunity for all. His work and his example have brought us a long way and they inspire us to keep working. pic.twitter.com/nOKGJS1Jlb
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Americans should look to King for guidance, especially in these "troubled times."
In these troubled times we need to pursue Dr. King’s dream for America with passion and vigor. The words of his “I Have a Dream” address mean as much today as when they were delivered. Dr. King is a true American inspiration.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 18, 2021
Ted Cruz said King's s legacy of giving Americans "courage to face the uncertainties of the future" is a timeless message that is needed "now more than ever."
Now more than ever, we are reminded of the power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, calling on all of us to have ‘the courage to face the uncertainties of the future,’ ‘as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom.’— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 18, 2021
Lemon insisted that such lawmakers idly stood by Trump's "every racist attack" and supported him up until even the U.S. Capitol riot.
"Those Republicans like Mike Pence, putting out 50 tweets quoting Dr. King's words, can you believe it?" Lemon said.
“One Republican after another apparently hoping that you’ll forget their support for a president who used race to pit Americans against each other.”— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) January 19, 2021
- CNN's @DonLemon discusses "empty tweets quoting Dr. King's words" by Trump allies whose record are in conflict to MLK's legacy. pic.twitter.com/T2IPQeBghO
"Like Mitch McConnell, who supported the president whose actions go against everything Dr. King stood for. Like Lindsey Graham, who allegedly called Georgia election officials to get them to throw out legal votes, including large numbers from black voters."
"Ted Cruz, who even after the riot on Capitol Hill, still voted against certifying the Electoral College vote."
"One Republican after another apparently hoping that you'll forget their support for a president who used race to pit Americans against each other," he added.
"Donald Trump created an environment where white supremacists and conspiracy theorists overran the Capitol of the United States of America."
"He used race to divide us from the very beginning. All of that is the opposite of what Dr. King stood for, what he died for, more than 50 years ago."
"The Biden-Harris administration was elected to represent all Americans with more than 81 million people voting for them," he explained.
"But it was voters of color who put them over the finish line, even as the current president — until Wednesday at noon, anyway — deliberately tried to divide us."
Lemon shared King's letter from a Birmingham, Alabama, jail where he discussed "frustration about the white people who just didn't get it."
"Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will," a quote from the letter reads.
"Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."