Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is used for many as a day of service or activism to commemorate the legacy of the civil rights icon.
It's also used by some as a political talking point to posthumously invoke King's approval to causes that he likely would have abhorred.
Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway went the latter route on Monday when she claimed that the impeachment of her boss, President Donald Trump, encroached upon rights that Dr. King fought for.
"The President is preparing for Davos and agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and agrees for many years, including unity and equality...[W]hen you see the articles of impeachment that came out, I don't think it was Dr. King's vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged bribery, extortion, high crimes and misdemeanors."
Dr. King was a strong critic of capitalism and of white moderates who stayed neutral in the face of rampant injustice.
King's daughter, Bernice King, made sure to let Conway know that.
Until a person commits to better understanding and then better understands my father’s teachings and methodologies,… https://t.co/3WNpKxBhgJ— Be A King (@Be A King)1579572018.0
People sided with King against the attempted sanitization of his legacy by a government that targeted him his entire adult life.
@BerniceKing I am so sorry that you/your family have to endure this disrespect. I agree with you, keep his name/the… https://t.co/r8RY9kmjlk— DaBoom (@DaBoom)1579573513.0
@BerniceKing She clearly doesn't have a clue! Just like the one she works for! #truth— Quint Robinson (@Quint Robinson)1579574020.0
@BerniceKing Any reasonable person any reasonably intelligent person knows that Martin Luther King, Jr. teachings a… https://t.co/5GpdSLzLgy— bzwatching (@bzwatching)1579574759.0
@BerniceKing @AllisonRFloyd I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this act of disrespect! Absolutely not OK at al… https://t.co/3OUSU5EvRz— 🌻 𝕊𝕦𝕤𝕒𝕟𝕟𝕒𝕙 🌻 ♿ (@🌻 𝕊𝕦𝕤𝕒𝕟𝕟𝕒𝕙 🌻 ♿)1579575076.0
@BerniceKing @dazyjane410 The utter disrespect is abundant in the administration. So glad you commented on her lies… https://t.co/oLheYw6MuT— rogetta (@rogetta)1579614472.0
@BerniceKing The unmitigated GALL that @KellyannePolls exhibits every time she opens her mouth is always 100% unbel… https://t.co/T31Qu5lPgz— CL HARRIS (@CL HARRIS)1579599406.0
Yeah, you really need to shut up about MLK @KellyannePolls Just take your white privilege, your lies and your trait… https://t.co/9pWpzjLVRK— Susan Bernal (@Susan Bernal)1579624298.0
Thank you. https://t.co/j9UjBL4R0k— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1579572176.0
Trump had no official events scheduled for Dr. King's day, but did make an unannounced visit to his memorial in Washington with Vice President Mike Pence. They stood in front of the memorial for around 30 seconds.