President Donald Trump had a surprising guest with him at the Jan. 10 college national football championship: activist Dr. Alveda Scott King, the niece of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
King flew to the game with Trump on Air Force One. During the flight, Trump signed a bill that re-designated Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to a national historic park, a move that will grant the park more federal resources and expand its borders.
The president later posted an image on Twitter of him signing the document, with King and two others smiling down at him as they watched.
"I was there on Air Force One, and I was there when the president signed the bill in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., my uncle, making that historic site here in Atlanta, Georgia, where I live, a national park," King told CBN News.
King added that Trump's signing of the bill was "not a racist act."
"Somebody says, 'Well, he had to sign it.' Well, he didn't," said King. "Presidents veto bills all the time. President Trump was happy to sign that bill."
The president and King watched the game from the stadium suite alongside military members and other supporters, The Daily Caller reports. During the national anthem, Trump unexpectedly walked out onto the field next to members of the Georgia ROTC.
King has reportedly appeared at Trump political rallies and signing ceremonies. According to The Daily Caller, she's voiced her support of the president on cable news channels.
In July 2017, King defended Trump on "Fox & Friends" after Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia -- the sponsor of the MLK national historic park bill -- called him "uncaring" and said that he knew "very little" about the Civil Rights movement, according to The Wrap.
King, who is a strong pro-life supporter, said, "the president is certainly fighting for civil rights today" by "leading the charge for civil rights today for the little unborn persons in the womb who have a right to live."
"Trump himself is a brilliant man," she told "Fox & Friends." "I believe he’s compassionate. If you go back and look at all of the executive orders, the things for women and science, for African American education... there are so many things that he’s doing."
In a New Year's message shared on Standard Newswire, King said, "there is great hope for saving the lives of our unborn babies and bringing love and healing to their mothers and families." She attributed her positive outlook to "President Donald John Trump keeping many of his Pro-life Campaign Promises."
In addition to her stance on abortion, King also agrees with Trump on football players who take a knee during the national anthem.
Reacting to a New Yorker cover that pictured her uncle kneeling between NFL players Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett as a protest to police brutality against minorities, King told Fox that Kaepernick had "the method down pat, but he's not getting the message."
"Uncle M.L. said we need to live together as brothers ... or perish together as fools," King stated. "We want justice for everyone."
When asked about the possibility of media mogul Oprah Winfrey running for president in 2020, King said Trump was "a winner," but one who is "up to the challenge."
Sources: The Daily Caller, The Wrap, CBN, Standard Newswire, Fox News / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Mike Zarilli/Getty Images via The Daily Caller, Ralph Fresco/Getty Images via The Daily Caller