Social media users called out “tone deaf” politicians for paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. while blocking a bill that would expand voting rights.
Many legislators shared posts honoring King on Monday in celebration of his birthday, but some faced scrutiny for their refusal to pass the legislation, which has received support by King’s family.
The bill would expand voting access across the United States and restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The House of Representatives passed the bill last week with only Democratic backing, and it now faces a steep challenge in passing the Senate.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, wrote on Twitter: “From the halls of Ebenezer Baptist Church to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, #MLK spent his life spreading what he called “the gospel of freedom.” He never gave up and never preached hate….