It was revealed today that Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., voted for Donald Trump for president. A pro-life activist and director for Civil Rights for the Unborn and Gospel of Life Ministries, told Matt Abbott of American Thinker that in addition to voting for the president-elect, she continues to pray for him and his detractors in an effort to find comity. She told Abbott, “I pray that all polar opposites learn to Agape Love, live and work together as brothers and sisters — or perish as fools.” She added, “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.”
 
The 65-year-old Ms. King remarked similarly right after Trump’s electoral victory. She said she hoped that Trump could bring about the racial healing in the country that was missed during President Barack Obama’s administration. “I’m born into a family of preachers,” she told Fox Business November15. “So I want Mr. Trump to remember that many people who voted for him took a long time praying for him. And if he can take some of that divine guidance, that’s going to help him out. We do need unity, and from my perspective as a minister myself, God has not forgotten America. So if Mr. Trump can remember that, I believe that he can take some positive steps towards unity,” Ms. King said.
 
Over the weekend, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who simultaneously belongs to the Congressional Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus, said that Trump is not a “legitimate president,” while saying that Hillary Clinton’s defeat was due to Russian meddling. In response, Trump wrote on Twitter that Lewis is “all talk, talk, talk ― no action,” but also called on him to help with the restoration of America’s inner cities.
 
On “Fox & Friends” Ms. King said that while she admires Lewis’ “legendary legacy” of civil rights advocacy, she believes that he can work with Trump to help the country. “Mr. Trump, I voted for him, I understood what he meant when he says let’s roll up our sleeves together, and we can do that,” she said. The revelation of Ms. King's vote came on the official observance of Martin Luther King Day.


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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