Wednesday marked 56 years since the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) attempted to capitalize on the anniversary on Twitter, where he shared images of King alongside excerpts from the address.

“His vision ― of equality, of justice, of humanity ― resonates today with trembling power,” wrote Cruz.

On this day, 56 years ago, Dr. King gave his mighty I Have a Dream speech from the steps on the Lincoln Memorial. His vision—of equality, of justice, of humanity—resonates today with trembling power. Today, listen again to the entire historic speech:

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 28, 2019

But his tweets did not go over well.

People accused Cruz of participating in “phony patriotism” and of being complicit with President Donald Trump’s administration, which they said eschewed many of the values that King had stood for.

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— 😈 Mad Madrigal 😈 (@LisaColemanAus1) August 28, 2019

How dare you cite the words of Dr King when you support Trump who doesn’t believe in any of what King said. You stand with the Proud Boys and with the #WhiteSupremacistInChief

— Common Sense #1 (@PleaseThink1776) August 28, 2019

MLK was a socialist. You would’ve been railing against him back then. He would’ve hated you.

— Ian Sayeedi (@IanSayeedi) August 28, 2019

It’s 56 years ago and you’re still not listening. If King were alive today he’d be kneeling during the National Anthem and you’d be ripping him for doing so. Stop patronizing us with phony patriotism.

— 🇺🇸 Resistance is not futile, it’s necessary.🇺🇸 (@TruthJustis4USA) August 28, 2019

And now we literally have a racist in the WH @realDonaldTrump. We have come a long ‘wrong’ way. Sad for America.

— Lewis J Goetz (@ljgoetz) August 28, 2019


— F Wazer #VoteBlue #Vote (@FabiolaWazer) August 28, 2019

Its too bad that you support the most racist president ever. That makes your pretty words meaningless. MLK would not support you at all.

— Kathy Connolly (@kbcon) August 28, 2019

What a joke. You are either trolling Twitter, or forgetting that you are a storybook evil villen when compared to MLK.

— DuncsDownUnder (@duncs1981) August 28, 2019

So you support Democratic Socialism?Because MLK was a Democratic Socialist.#Bernie2020

— ** Spare Change for All ** (@hcapar) August 29, 2019

Hey. Did YOU listen to the speech? Because he has a problem with a lot of the stuff you're doing.

— Austin Swafford ❤ (@Astros290) August 29, 2019

Get the Rev. Dr. King’d name out of your race baiting pathological lying mouth. You protect the most racist POTUS in a modern US history, you are a coward and you will be remembered like Jesse Helms, Strom Thurman, Jeff Sessions as failed racist on the wrong side of history.

— Grumpy Demo (@Grumpy_Demo) August 29, 2019

All your policies are against everything MLK fought for. You are a disgrace.

— OlympicDane (@mortenbc58) August 28, 2019

From the party of white supremacist.

— Sean Shammity (@SeanShammity) August 28, 2019

Another good Martin Luther King Jr speech is the one about how we need to have a universal basic income so that people don’t have to have a job just to survive

— strategy consultant (@neoliberal_dad) August 28, 2019

And you are the opposite of what he represented

— Stephanie whinthrop (@Stephaniewhint2) August 28, 2019

Its too bad that you support the most racist president ever. That makes your pretty words meaningless. MLK would not support you at all.

— Kathy Connolly (@kbcon) August 28, 2019

If you’d been in office when he gave this speech, what issues would you have run on?

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