In an interview on Fox & Friends, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Alveda King, unambiguously stated: “President Trump is not a racist.”
“Racism is just a word that’s being bandied and thrown about and thrown at the president, in my opinion, unjustly,” said Alveda King. “President Trump is not a racist.”
Alveda King’s comments came in response to a question from one Fox & Friends host about how Martin Luther King, Jr. fought “real racism” and how racism is being used today to paint “everything with that they don’t like.”
She also addressed recent remarks by Congressman John Lewis, that President Trump is a racist, citing Trump’s recent signing of a proclamation making the historic Martin Luther King, Jr. site in Atlanta, Georgia a national park.
Below is a transcript of Alveda King’s remarks from Fox & Friends on Saturday:
Fox & Friends Host: “Your uncle fought real racism at home certainly, and throughout much of this country and made real change. What is it, when everything is racist, when that is the word now that everybody paints everything with that they don’t like, does nothing become racist? Does it in some way sort of cheapen what your uncle fought so much to defend against and to stop?”
King: “Well, I believe Rachel just put it best, and by the way, good morning everyone. Fox & Friends, thank you for being on it with real news and not fake news.
“So, to answer your question: Absolutely. Racism is just a word that’s being bandied and thrown about and thrown at the president, in my opinion, unjustly. President Trump is not a racist.
“I’ve been with the president recently quite a bit, and when he signed the legislation [proclamation] making the historic site, Martin Luther King site, in Atlanta, Georgia a national park. It was introduced by Congressman John Lewis, and that, believe it or not is one thing the two of them did together. It took two to do it, and I’m so glad the president has done it.
“But what is so outrageous, to call a man a racist, who continues to acknowledge the significant work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., my uncle, in a positive way. And he puts his money where his mouth is. He puts his energy behind it.”