MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy encourages people to focus on love instead of hate.

The Republican governor said Monday at an annual MLK celebration breakfast in Milwaukee that the civil rights leader’s quote from decades ago “hatred cannot drive out hatred; only love can do that” provides an important lesson today.

Walker says “all too often, there are those out there, regardless of party or affiliation, others out there around the world, who are looking and focusing on the hatred issue, instead of on the hope and aspiration that comes from love.”

He says people could use love to help others regardless of their appearance or background.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele was scheduled to speak, but didn’t. Attempts to contact the Democrat Monday weren’t successful.

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