Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece: 'Trump is not a racist'
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece Alveda King said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE is not a racist, adding that she has gone up against "genuine racists."

In an interview with "Fox & Friends," the niece of the late civil rights leader said she believed Trump when he said he aims to improve life for all Americans, regardless of race.

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"President Trump has said 'we all bleed the same.' He's very clear on that, and he has done so much for all Americans, including African Americans," she said.

"Trump is not a racist," she added. "I've had the experience of going head to head with genuine racists."

Her comments come after the latest round of criticism aimed at Trump from Democrats, including 2020 presidential candidates like former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeAuthorities seize weapons from alleged neo-Nazi leader under 'red flag' law Super PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang Krystal Ball rips media for going 'all-in' on Buttigieg's debate performance MORE (D-Texas), who said this week that Trump "is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country."

O'Rourke earlier in the week said that he believed Trump bears at least part of the blame for the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and he cited the suspected shooter's alleged anti-immigrant manifesto that was posted online before the attack.

King weighed in on Trump's Wednesday visit to El Paso, where he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MORE met with hospital staff and other local officials.

"What President Trump and first lady Melania did was to go down and look for solutions. We have to overcome evil with good. When people call each other racist — we are one blood. One human race, different ethnicities — we're not color blind, we can see, but that is for the purpose of appreciating each other and we have to do that," King said.