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House Democrat and civil rights leader John Lewis said Monday he does not believe Donald Trump would be president if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today. 

Appearing on "The View" on Martin Luther King Day, Rep. Lewis (D-Ga.) agreed with the sentiment expressed by co-host Joy Behar.

"Dr. King would have been able to lead us to a different place. Our country would be different. The world community would be different," he said, adding he remains "hopeful" about the future.

Lewis pointed back to his 40 arrests in the 1960s when he marched with Dr. King and other leaders, along with his five arrests since becoming a member of Congress. 

"I'm probably gonna get arrested again for something," he said to laughs.

"My philosophy is very simple: when you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to speak up and speak out."

Lewis announced last week he would boycott President Trump's Jan. 30 State of the Union address, telling NBC News he believes Trump has racism "in his DNA."

Three other House Democrats have also announced they will skip the address. On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Dr. King's niece Alveda King responded to the criticism of Trump from Lewis and others.

She cited a quote from her uncle in which he lamented people not communicating with each other.

"I just would like to see conversation along with the pain and agony that the congressman is expressing," said King, adding she does not believe Trump is a racist and that he's helping African-Americans economically. 

Watch the interview below.


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