Mike Pence used a line from the late civil rights leader's 'I have a dream' speech to evoke support for Donald Trump's proposed wall to segregate the US from Mexico.
US Vice President Mike Pence has likened President Donald Trump to Dr Martin Luther King Jr, suggesting the late civil rights leader would have supported the building of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Speaking on CBS, Mr Pence used a line from Dr King's well known "I have a dream" speech in an attempt to build support for Mr Trump's proposed border wall.
Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy
"One of my favourite quotes from Dr King was 'now is the time to make real the promises of democracy'. You think of how he changed America," Mr Pence told CBS
"Now, Martin Luther King Jr was a bridge builder, not a wall builder. Martin Luther King Jr would say love not hate would make America great. Did you all hear that? Love not hate would make America great. See, we hadn't achieved, we've had spurts of greatness," Martin Luther King III told CNN.
People on Twitter were also quick to tell Mr Pence exactly what they thought of his comparison.
Mr Pence made the controversial comments about Martin Luther King Jr on Sunday during a discussion with CBS host Margaret Brennan about ending the government shutdown, sparked by a dispute about the border wall.
The shutdown began on December 22 when US Congress and President Donald Trump failed to agree on an appropriations bill to fund the operations of the federal government for the 2019 fiscal year. It stemmed from an impasse over Mr Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in federal funds to build a US-Mexico border wall.
In an attempt to end the shutdown, Mr Trump on Saturday offered to temporarily shield a million immigrants from deportation if Congress authorises funding for his Mexican border wall - an idea Democrats rejected.