The perversion of MLK’s legacy

Today, the Republicans who oppose voting rights for black Americans are all piously praising and quoting Martin Luther King Jr. Follow the thread below to see a long list of hypocrites:

Or you can just read this comic to see it all distilled down.

How are we supposed to quell this feeling of nausea whenever I see, hear, or smell a Republican?


  1. says

    MLK had a dream that some day these maggots would not exist, and then his daughters would be judged on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

  2. kome says


    Makes you wonder who among the people the right-wing is vilifying today we’ll see the right-wing celebrate in 30, 40, or 50 years time.
    Also makes you wonder who among today’s “white moderates” and “white liberals” that King described in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail and his book Where Do We Go From Here – you know, the ones who in today’s era think Joe Biden is doing a good job – will try in a few years or decades to claim to have been at the edge of progressivism despite having spent more time browbeating progressives and fighting harder against anyone to the left of them than they have ever fought against anyone to the right of them. Because, let’s not forget that in his lifetime, Dr. King was disapproved of by nearly 75% of the United States. He was hated in America more in the final years of his life than Trump was during his presidency.

  3. says

    I knew the Twitter thread was going to be long as soon as he said “voted against the John Lewis Voting Rights Act”. Republicans love talking out of both sides of their mouth.

  4. drew says

    Funny. I feel the same way about all the liberals claiming the revolutionary socialist MLK as one of theirs.

  5. Walter Solomon says

    They hated the man while he was alive, didn’t want to make his birthday a national holiday, accused him of being a Communist, a agitator, a phony, an adulterer (likely true) and even, in the case of J. Edgar Hoover, discovered he attempted suicide as an adolescent and hoped to drive him to do it as an adult.

    Now that he’s gone, they try to co-opt him as one of their own and make James Earl Ray out to be a Democratic Party agent. The whole idea of America is shameful beyond reproach. I hate it here.

  6. unclefrogy says

    I do not know how to prevent that feeling of revulsion when I hear or read any conservative (by their definition)
    the idea of any of them praising MLK does makes me wonder about all of their praise for the founding fathers and others. praising and vocal support of democratic principles seems pretty easy though follow through a little harder for them. At this point I wonder how anyone can still believe the lot of them

  7. stwriley says

    How are we supposed to quell this feeling of nausea whenever I see, hear, or smell a Republican?

    Well, puking on them would certainly help…at least with the nausea.

  8. says

    The Overton Window has moved so far right in this country that Nixon and Reagan are too liberal to get the GOP nomination. Prove me wrong.

  9. chrislawson says

    Republican MLK: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the endowment of their trust accounts.”

  10. microraptor says

    Republicans love dead famous people. With a dead person, you can push the idea that they would have supported whatever your agenda is and they can’t contradict you. MLK, JFK, Teddy Roosevelt, doesn’t matter how far a person was from current Republican ideology, their fanbase is ignorant enough to believe the claims anyway.

  11. microraptor says

    Ray Ceeya @10: Nixon and Reagan were both weasels who would have happily adopted current Republican ideology to get elected.