The conversation around Critical Race Theory, misguided from the start, has become increasingly volatile on the Republican side of the fence in recent months.
Many state GOPs are wasting time and money to ban the teaching of CRT in grades K-12—something no school has been shown to teach or use in their curriculum.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri attempted to lend his voice to the growing chorus of politicians condemning the topic to gain support from a White supremacist, White nationalist base. In the speech Hawley gave against CRT, he attempted to invoke Martin Luther King, Jr.
It did not go well.
His speech was against now-head of Biden's Office of Personnel Management, Kiran Ahuja, who was confirmed with a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Kamala Harris.
Hawley invoked a very famous line by Dr. King in his speech:
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
But many Twitter users called out the invoked phrase as a bad faith argument.
Of course, teaching honestly about the less pleasant parts of United States history in schools is not teaching Critical Race Theory, which one user noted.
"It never ceases to amaze me how quickly conservatives can whip their base into a frenzy by creating a bogeyman out of an obscure academic theory, mostly taught in graduate and doctoral courses."
Senator Hawley, along with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, were both cited as inciting insurrectionists during the January 6 riot at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
Several members of Congress publicly called for the resignation or expulsion of Republican Senators Hawley and Cruz.
As Republican rhetoric continues to dominate time and resources in the country's legislatures, Senator Hawley and his ilk continues to spin threads in bad faith while failing to address real issues facing their constituents.