A former Tea Party lawmaker turned conservative radio host celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by tweeting statements suggesting the slain civil rights leader would agree with his political views.
Joe Walsh, a former one-term Illinois congressman and current WIND-AM broadcaster, argued Monday morning that King would oppose the Black Lives Matter movement, based on a partial quote of one line of his most famous speech.
Martin Luther King, Jr would not approve of #BlackLivesMatter. Dr King was about bringing people together. He would say, "All lives matter."— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1453124152.0
MLK Jr was all about "the content of our character, not the color of our skin." #BLM is only about skin color.— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1453125383.0
In fact, if he were alive today, Martin Luther King, Jr would lead an "All Lives Matter" March on Washington, DC. Would be wonderful.— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1453128006.0
Walsh, who was defeated by Tammy Duckworth in 2012 after a single two-year term, apparently noticed that his tweets attracted strong criticism.
Never fails: every MLK Day you get some black folk telling white folk they can't comment on MLK & race cuz they're "white." Bull. Grow up.— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1453126730.0
The conservative broadcaster, whose wife accused him of failure to pay more than $117,000 in child support, then argued that racism was basically over.
If MLK were w us 2day he'd say: "Quit whining. We've made amazing racial progress. You'll never know the racism that I knew. Celebrate that!— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1453130962.0
If MLK Jr were w us today he'd slap Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson & other so called black leaders upside the head for using race to divide us.— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1453131716.0
Not surprisingly, Walsh doesn't seem to know very much about King -- who also said during his famous "I have a dream speech" that "we can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality."
He also urged his followers to resist temporary satisfaction with civil rights gains, because there were always new battles to be fought: "Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."