Most of the Republican Party vilified Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he was alive, accusing him of being a communist and anti-American.
But today, on the holiday named after the civil rights icon, Dr. King is being used as a political tool by some in the GOP.
Former half-term Alaskan Governor and GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin slammed President Obama today while invoking Dr. King.
Ironically, Palin's 2008 running mate Sen. John McCain opposed Martin Luther King Jr. Day for years, which she did not mention.
Instead, Palin wrote on her Facebook page: "Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card."
Palin failed to provide any evidence of President Obama playing the race card.
Another Republican, South Carolina Tea Party candidate Richard Cash, also invoked Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech today in an attack against abortion.
Cash, who is running against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), spoke at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., noted RawStory.com (video below).
”Martin Luther King did a lot to help us as we struggled with racial equality and justice, friendship and kindness between the races, and we celebrate that achievement," said Cash. "What I want to say to you today is, I too have a dream.”
“When we consider the 55 million unborn children that have been killed in this land since 1973 [Roe v. Wade], I too have a dream,” added Cash. “When we consider that one-third of the generation since 1973 is not with us because of abortion, I have a dream. And what it is? I have a dream that one day each and every unborn baby created in the image of God will enjoy the same constitutional protections that you and I receive. That’s our promise. That is what the Republican Party stands for.”