Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter, on the federal holiday honoring her father’s legacy, urged people to not “be afraid of who sits in the White House.”
“God can triumph over Trump,” said Bernice King at a gathering at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Monday, according to reports.
King also acknowledged Rep. John Lewis at the church, in Lewis’ district, where Martin Luther King once preached, saying, “Many of you here are proud residents of the fifth congressional district and we are proud of the progress we have made here and in this city.”
King’s daughter’s comments followed Donald Trump’s criticism of Lewis over the weekend.
After Lewis said in an interview that he did not view Trump as a “legitimate president,” Trump tweeted that the congressman was “all talk” and “no action.”
On Monday, Martin Luther King III met with Trump at Trump Tower.
Martin Luther King’s son said he had a “very constructive” meeting with the president-elect.
He also acknowledged the president-elect’s feud with Lewis.
“Well, first of all I think that in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides. And I think that at some point — I am, as John Lewis and many others, a bridge builder,” King told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower.
But he disagreed with Trump’s “no action” comment, saying, “Absolutely I would say John Lewis has demonstrated that he’s all action.”