Alveda King, the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., expressed her beliefs on Monday's "Fox & Friends" that President Donald Trump is not racist, adding that the country is succeeding under his lead.
What did she say?
Trump, after facing intense scrutiny over last week's purported "s***hole countries" comments, felt compelled to defend himself from accusations that his alleged comments were racially charged.
Speaking to reporters outside Trump International Golf Course on Sunday, the president said, "I'm the least racist person you will ever interview."
Trump found himself bearing the brunt of criticism after he reportedly said nations like El Salvador and Haiti, as well as those in Africa, were "s***hole countries." The comments reportedly occurred during an immigration meeting with lawmakers.
The president denied that he used such language in a tweet.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," he wrote. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made — a big setback for DACA!"
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Defending the president, who she has spoken out in support of in the past, King said, "I do not believe that President Donald John Trump is a racist."
"I mean look at everything: the economy is up, jobs are up in the black community, there's great promise to get a lot of people who have been unfairly incarcerated out," she continued. "There's so many economic opportunities, opportunities for babies in the womb."
King said that Trump "is working for America, period, as he's draining the swamp," adding that "African-Americans are benefitting."
"Our jobs are going up; our unemployment is going down," she concluded. "Companies are saying they're gonna raise minimum wage and do bonuses because of the tax cuts, so the president is helping the African-American community, and I don't believe President Donald John Trump is a racist."