MLK’s niece praises Trump amid his feud with Democrats over 'rat-infested' Baltimore, says ‘the president is concerned’
President Donald Trump, who is currently feuding with Congressman Elijah Cummings over border security, said he'd be happy to help leaders to clean up the city of Baltimore
Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr's niece, defended President Donald J. Trump on Monday, July 29, following a meeting at the White House between the president and inner-city pastors about Baltimore and crime.
"The president is concerned about the whole nation. About everybody in the nation," she said. "So I want us to remember, that we’ve been designed to be brothers and sisters. One member of the human race. Not separate races. The same blood."
Addressing reporters King said she had an old photo of Trump and Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton that she would later share on Twitter.
"And at one time in their lives, they highly regarded the president. And, so I’m thinking about a scripture: If it had been my enemy, I could have understood, I could have known what to do, but you were my friends and my brothers," she said. "So these are his brothers."
King did not comment on Trump's controversial remarks about the majority-black district in Maryland represented by Congressman Elijah Cummings.
However, she briefly stated, "Well you know, America is troubled. And if we say we’re color-blind, we need to put on our glasses."
"We can see. We can see a troubled America, but we can see a blessed America. The employment rates are up in every community, including the black community," she said. "The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) under this president are being blessed. The babies in the womb, the sick and poor and elderly are being blessed."
She added, "We have an opportunity to continue to be blessed, and we have a president’s whose listening. And I was glad to pray with him today. Now that’s it."
Following King's address, Bill Owens, the founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, also defended Trump saying he's not a racist and arguing he has worked to improve conditions in African-American communities.
"I find it hard to believe," he said of the charges against the president, adding that he can "of course" do more and that he should visit Baltimore personally.
"I think he should. It would be good," he told Daily Mail.
But Owens did not delve into Trump's scathing comments about Cumming's district and said: "Well, those are his words. I don’t want to second-guess what he says, because I hear a lot of things. I see also people pandering to black people, to get them on board with some of their agenda."
Meanwhile, the president blasted 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and Sharpton on Monday.
"Crazy Bernie Sanders recently equated the City of Baltimore to a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! Based on that statement, I assume that Bernie must now be labeled a Racist, just as a Republican would if he used that term and standard!" he charged.
In 2015, Sanders had compared Baltimore to a Third World country.
Adding that he'd be happy to help leaders to clean up the city of Baltimore, the president tweeted: "The fact is, Baltimore can be brought back, maybe even to new heights of success and glory, but not with King Elijah and that crew. When the leaders of Baltimore want to see the City rise again, I am in a very beautiful oval-shaped office waiting for your call!"
However, on Monday, the commander-in-chief tweeted against African-American activist and MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton by claiming that the Democratic congressman is responsible for the crimes in Baltimore.
"Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action! So tired of listening to the same old Bull...Next, Reverend Al will show up to complain & protest. Nothing will get done for the people in need. Sad!" he wrote.
"If the Democrats are going to defend the Radical Left "Squad" and King Elijah's Baltimore Fail, it will be a long road to 2020," he added.
"The good news for the Dems is that they have the Fake News Media in their pocket!"