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The uncanny similarities between President Trump and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a moment when we pause to recall the contribution the great civil rights leader made toward the universal cause of building a wall along the border with Mexico.

Vice President Pence, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, drew an indelible line between President Trump and King. “One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy,’ ” Pence said. King, he continued, “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.”

It had not previously been obvious that Trump, in shutting down the government until Democrats agree to hundreds of miles of border wall, was fulfilling King’s dream, nor that King had been such a strong influence on a man who challenged the birth certificate of the first black president, hesitated to disavow David Duke, protested the removal of “beautiful” Confederate monuments, often retweeted white supremacists and approved of the “very fine people” marching among white supremacists in Charlottesville.

But Pence is a man of nuanced thinking. For example, he has determined that it is “deeply offensive” for the media to report on his wife taking a teaching job with a Christian school that attempts to block gay and lesbian students and teachers........

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