Alveda King, the niece of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., came to the defense of President Trump on Tuesday after his brutal criticism of the city of Baltimore and its congressman, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.
King appeared on Fox News on Tuesday to address charges from politicians and pundits that Trump’s comments were racist.
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“All of that news is absolutely fake,” King said. “You know, we all believe the same. That’s something the president has said, one race, one human race,” King said. “So, he’s not a racist, absolutely is not,” she said, adding “the programs that he has moved forward, the higher job market is helping African Americans. The criminal justice reform, helping African Americans.”
Trump on Tuesday said black residents of Baltimore have praised him for his comments.
“They are so happy, because I get the calls,” Trump told reporters before his departure to deliver a speech in Jamestown, Va. “They are happy as hell. The African-American community is so thankful at what I’ve been doing. They’ve been calling me and saying finally somebody is telling the truth.
“Those people are living in hell from Baltimore — they’re largely African-American. They really appreciate what I’m doing and they’ve let me know it. They really appreciate it,” Trump adding, noting that unemployment for African-Americans has been “the lowest in the history of our country” under his administration.
“What I’ve done for African-Americans, I would say no president has done,” Trump said. “They are so happy about what I’ve been able to do in Baltimore and other Democrat corrupt cities… They are so thankful they called me and said finally somebody is telling the truth. … African-American people love the job I’m doing because I’m working for them — not the politicians.”
Asked if was “hurting” himself by calling out Cummings, Trump said: “I think I’m helping myself because I’m pointing out the corruption in Baltimore,” Trump said. And he said “The White House and myself have received more phone calls from the people of Baltimore and other cities thanking me.”
“They are so happy, because I get the calls,” Trump told reporters before his departure to deliver a speech in Jamestown, Va. “They are happy as hell. The African-American community is so thankful at what I’ve been doing. They’ve been calling me and saying finally somebody is telling the truth.”