- Fox News host Tucker Carlson attacked Barack Obama for discussing police violence at his funeral schedule for civil rights icon John Lewis.
- “Imagine if some fat politician showed up at your boyfriend’s funeral and started throwing around partisan stupidity points talking about the senate procedure,” the host said.
- In his speech, Obama called for a reform of U.S. voting laws, and drew parallels between the racist police in the 1960s – which Lewis first experienced – and the response to George Floyd’s anti-racism protests.
- In an article written before his death, published on the day of his funeral, Lewis discussed the same issues raised by Obama.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson was ousted in Barack Obama for holding an origins in the civil rights burial of John Lewis in which he drew parallels between the racist police of the 1960s and the police response to George Floyd protests.
On Thursday night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host played an oraph given by Obama at Lewis’ funeral earlier that day.
In his speech, Obama addressed the ongoing protests against police brutality involving the U.S., and praised Lewis as the founding father of a “fuller, better America.”
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Serving at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Obama drew a direct link between racist police and Lewis politicians of the 1960s and other civil rights figures who fought against it, and police response to George Floyd’s anti-racism protests. today.
“Bull Connor may be gone, but today we are witnessing with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans,” Obama said. “George Wallace may be missing, but we can testify that our federal government is sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”
He called for the elimination of the Senate filibuster rule, which has been used as a partisan technique to avoid passing legislation on voting reform.
Obama’s origin at the funeral was greeted with standing ovations, but Carlson accused the former president of using the event to score political points.
“It’s hard to believe the clip is real, but it is, below the fake accent, Mr. Hawaii. Imagine if some fat politician showed up at your boyfriend’s funeral and started throwing around stupid points. partisans talking about the senate procedure, “Carlson said.
“Can you imagine? You would be shocked if that happened. You would surely go out. Mixing a funeral with campaign slogans? What kind of person would do it?”
“The country that is torn apart by racial strife and nobility and one of the most respected people in the whole country decides to pour gasoline on it and compare the police to Bull Connor?
“While America or Minneapolis is like Birmingham, Alabama in 1963? It’s crazy. It’s reckless,” Carlson said of Obama’s words.
In a tweet, historian Kevin Kruse pointed out that the topics Obama addressed in his speech were the ones Lewis wrote about in a New York Times edition that was scheduled for publication on his funeral day.
—Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 31, 2020