Alveda King, an outspoken pro-life advocate and the niece of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., confirmed that she voted for Donald Trump for president on Monday, when the whole nation was celebrating her uncle and his works, the Washington Examiner reports.
According to the report, King confirmed her vote in a statement to the American Thinker blog, after having spoken positively about the now president-elect during his campaign.
“I pray that all polar opposites learn to Agape Love, live and work together as brothers and sisters—or perish as fools. While I voted for Mr. Trump, my confidence remains in God, for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Prayers for President-elect Trump, Congressman Lewis, and everyone including leaders,” King, an avid pro-life supporter who serves as the director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, said in the statement.
In a separate interview with the Fox Business network, King said her uncle would be “very happy with these times because it is forcing America to talk again. We can’t be great again until we talk again.”
She also weighed in on Trump and Rep. John Lewis’ exchange after Trump tried to come for Lewis, an iconic civil rights activist in his own right.
Lewis had openly criticized Trump during an NBC News interview, saying that he did not see Trump as “a legitimate president,” and voiced his intent to pass on Friday’s inauguration.
The tweeter-in-chief responded in his preferred manner, slamming Lewis, criticizing his district and accusing the man who organized and marched with MLK and was brutally beaten by police during Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ala., in 1965 of being “all talk” but “no action or results.”
Alveda King opined that Lewis’ skills in nonviolent conflict resolution were not being used in the current political climate.
“I don’t think he’s forgotten, but I don’t believe people are inviting him to use those skills; those are the skills that are needed, the negotiation skills, the communication skill,” she said. “The John Lewis I know is a peacemaker.”