The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Alveda King, came out just before the civil rights leader’s life’s work will be honored nationally on Monday to slam accusations that President Trump is a “racist” for speaking in an off-color manner about third world countries.
Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin claimed that Trump referred to Haiti and the African continent as a “s**thole,” prompting renewed calls to label the president a “racist”.
King came out in defense of the President, saying on Saturday’s “Fox & Friends” that such claims about Trump are “outrageous.”
She pointed out that the President has done excellent work in highlighting the important accomplishments of her uncle, including officially declaring his Georgia birthplace a national historic park. She also went on to slam American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan, who repeatedly shouted “are you a racist” at the President during the King Birthplace park signing ceremony.
“Racism is just a word that is being bandied about and thrown… at the president unjustly,” said King, before stating, “President Trump is not a racist.”
Trump was not disparaging Africans or Haitians, King explained, noting that what he was doing was calling attention to the fact that many of their governments are inadequate and corrupt.
“Some of their own leaders have taken advantage of them,” she said.
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