On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture with his daughter Ivanka and several prominent African-American leaders.
After visiting the museum, President Trump made some powerful comments, noting that “Today and every day of my presidency I pledge to do everything I can to continue that promise of freedom for African-Americans and for every American.” The president called his tour a “meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry and hatred and intolerance.”
The president also used his visit to the museum to address the recent threats against Jewish community centers, calling the bomb threats “horrible and painful and a very sad reminder of the work that must still be done to root out hate and prejudice.”
Despite the president’s strong words, some leftists claimed Trump didn’t go far enough, with the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect claiming the “anti-Semitism coming out of this administration is the worst we have ever seen from any administration.”
In response, prominent African-American leader, Dr. Alveda King, who is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., issued a passionate rebuke to liberal claims that President Trump harbors any racist views.
Appearing on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor Tuesday night, Ms. King rejected the claims that Mr. Trump was a racist, arguing that “fake news” was being peddled to African-Americans online and in other venues.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 22, 2017
Dr. Alveda King noted that some of the president’s harshest critics in the African-American community, like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, praised Trump in the past for his relationship with minorities, only to drop their support for him when he ran for president.
Here are Dr. King’s full comments:
In addition to Dr. Alveda King, President Trump was accompanied to the museum by Dr. Ben Carson, who is currently waiting Senate confirmation to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Republican Senator Tim Scott, the first African-American to serve in the Senate from the south since Reconstruction.
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