Alveda King, the niece of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., has come to the defense of President Donald Trump in light of significant criticism from the Left and the Right over an alleged comment he made in a closed-door meeting with Republican and Democratic politicians. The meeting discussed a potential deal between the parties on immigration and avoiding a government shutdown over funding.
The controversy centers around the president’s alleged comment, confirmed by Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), when the president called Haitian and African countries “sh**hole countries” that push their citizens to immigrate to America. The president has denied the claim, as has the White House staff, and several Republican senators.
King’s defense, where she fought back against claims that the president is racist, was reported by Townhall, Washington Examiner and Fox News, but not the usual mainstream media suspects such as CNN, CBS News and ABC News. King said the following (per Townhall):
“Racism is just a word that is being bandied about and thrown… at the president unjustly,” she said. “President Trump is not a racist.”
She also defended his alleged remarks, saying they were targeted towards the governments of those countries, not necessarily the people. “Some of their own leaders have taken advantage of them,” she said.
King continued saying it is “outrageous to call a man a racist who continues to acknowledge the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Reverend. Martin Luther King, my uncle, in a positive way and he puts his money where his mouth is, he puts his energy behind it.”