'Performative drivel': Marco Rubio mocked and schooled after taking MLK quote out of context
Washington Post National Political Reporter Eugene Scott set the stage Sunday evening:
Bracing myself for a slew of MLK quotes Monday from folks who have spent nearly every other day of the past year fighting against CRT \u2026— Eugene Scott (@Eugene Scott) 1642382161
Sure enough, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was only too happy to oblige, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The Florida Republican, who almost daily posts a Bible passage to Twitter, is notorious for being among the many conservatives who are battling Critical Race Theory, the right’s latest non-existent boogey man.
Rubio has introduced legislation with far right extremist U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), to “prohibit federal funding to promote divisive concepts, such as Critical Race Theory.” A companion bill was introduced in the House by U.S. Representatives Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC).
Just as Scott warned, Senator Rubio posted a tweet that reads:
“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” Dr. Martin Luther King (1963)
It’s from the third paragraph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and it exposes Rubio’s ignorance and hypocrisy.
New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie was among those who asked, “so, uh, what’s the next line?”
Bouie offered Rubio the answer:
"It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given its colored people a bad check, a check that has come back marked 'insufficient funds.'"— b-boy bouiebaisse (@b-boy bouiebaisse) 1642427114
He was far from the only one to chastise and expose Rubio.
Equality Florida’s Press Secretary Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub anti-LGBTQ hate crime massacre (which Rubio used to reverse his promise to never run for office again):
Here:\n\n\u201cIt is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked \u2018insufficient funds\u2019."— Brandon Wolf (@Brandon Wolf) 1642427789
And yet you filibuster his dream over and over,” tweeted American Independent Senior Writer Joshua Israel.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the award-winning New York Times journalist and creator of “The 1619 Project”:
Missing smthg: It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.https://twitter.com/marcorubio/status/1483016365049004035\u00a0\u2026— Ida Bae Wells (@Ida Bae Wells) 1642428032
The whole speech is about how that promissory note is a bad check! Thieves, liars and cheats hand out bad checks that\u2019s what King was saying about YOU and your government.— Matt Deitsch (@Matt Deitsch) 1642426985
You know that promissory notes aren't a good thing, right? It's an acknowledgement of a debt, something you owe. We inherited their debt.\n\nThe founders enshrined slavery and racism into our Constitution. The debt is paid when all citizens really are equal under/before the law.— IrrevLyn is wearing a Bast-damned mask & BLM! \ud83d\ude37\ud83d\ude3e (@IrrevLyn is wearing a Bast-damned mask & BLM! \ud83d\ude37\ud83d\ude3e) 1642422048
https://twitter.com/Booker4KY/status/1481685602059886595?s=20\u00a0\u2026— The Mean Progressive \u2122 (@The Mean Progressive \u2122) 1642419111
No. You don\u2019t get to invoke his name in any righteousness cause you think you have. He called it exactly for what it is. The Jim Crow Filibuster— Christopher Ryan (@Christopher Ryan) 1642421357
\u201cThe ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.\u201d\n___\n\n\u201cIt\u2019s a cruel jest to a bootless man to say he ought to lift himself up by his own bootstraps.\u201d\n\n- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.https://twitter.com/ib2_real/status/1482283740462080012\u00a0\u2026— Mattison (@Mattison) 1642428975
You want to celebrate this day and this American hero? Support the John Lewis Voting Rights Bill. Otherwise, your words are performative drivel.— David Sugerman (@David Sugerman) 1642429285
pic.twitter.com/Bcw5ti5ShL— Grandma Antifa \ud83d\ude37\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\udf97 (@Grandma Antifa \ud83d\ude37\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\udf97) 1642427750
Marco is taking a break from quoting the Bible out of context to quote Martin Luther King out of context.https://twitter.com/Booker4KY/status/1481685602059886595?t=oA1V6a70rZ-IshYHUffdIg&s=19\u00a0\u2026— Radioactive Dinosaur (@Radioactive Dinosaur) 1642427406
Don\u2019t quote him unless you plan on ending the filibuster and protecting voters\u2019 rights.— Zingamomma \ud83c\udfb6\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83d\ude37\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udfb6 (@Zingamomma \ud83c\udfb6\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83d\ude37\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udfb6) 1642421928
- Idaho senator blasted for his 'nutters' questioning of Antony Blinken ... ›
- Here's the 'deeper structural reason' for disturbing inflation across ... ›
- Marco Rubio meets with far-right Chilean presidential candidate in ... ›
- MLK Day special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his own words - Alternet.org ›
- Sinema's MLK Day tweet sparks online fury - Alternet.org ›
- Republicans try to claim MLK as an ally — but if he were here, they'd despise him - Alternet.org ›
- Marco Rubio: 'Not a crime' to break federal law by taking top secret national security documents from the White House - Alternet.org ›
- A 'disaster for Indiana': Mike Braun’s constituents revolt after GOP senator criticized legalization of interracial marriage - Alternet.org ›
- Historian explains how 'freedom dreams' fueled the civil rights movement — and why we need them now - Alternet.org ›
- Watch: Spanish-language ads targeting Marco Rubio on immigration inaction feature surprising voice - Alternet.org ›