Pence complained during the Sunday interview with Margaret Brennan that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said that Democrats will not fund Trump's border wall even if the president agrees to reopen the government.
The partial government shutdown has closed other sites that celebrate King and the civil rights movement, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington and several Alabama sites such as the Selma-to-Montgomery March interpretive centers in Selma and White Hall, the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site and Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
"Honestly, you know, the hearts and minds of the American people today are thinking a lot about it being the weekend we are remembering the life and the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr".
The vice president, recognizing the upcoming Martin Luther King Day, said that "one of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was, 'Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.' You think of how he changed America".
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Pence continued on to argue that like MLK, Trump has also "inspired us to change". "He inspired us to change through the legislative process to become a more flawless union". "That's exactly what President Trump is calling on the Congress to do, come to the table in a spirit of good faith".
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The political fight is taking place amid the longest-ever government shutdown which is affecting the paychecks of around 800,000 federal workers.