On the day before the federal holiday honoring his memory, Vice President Mike Pence tried to channel civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an attempt to justify President Donald Trump's attempts to get funding for a border wall at the U.S. southern border.
"One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was 'Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy,'" Pence said on CBS's Face the Nation.
Pence went on to say that King "changed America," according to reporting from NBC News.
"He inspired us to change through the legislative process, to become a more perfect union. That's exactly what President Trump is calling on Congress to do — come to the table in the spirit of good faith."
In 1964, just three years after a wall was built by Soviet-aligned East Germany around all of West Berlin, King was invited to give a speech in the west side of the divided city, at an event to honor former President John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated less than a year prior. He was also invited to speak in East Berlin as well, a move that would be dangerous considering the Soviet Union's (and their allies') severe crackdown on free speech at the time.