- Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson attacked Barack Obama for discussing police violence in his funeral prayer for civil rights icon John Lewis.
- “Imagine if some fat politician showed up at your loved one’s funeral and started throwing stupid talking points about the senate procedure,” the host said.
- Obama called for a reform of voting laws in the United States and drew parallels between racist police in the 1960s – which Lewis experienced first-hand – and the response to George Floyd’s protests against racism.
- In a written publication before his death, published on the day of his funeral, Lewis discussed the same issues raised by Obama.
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Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson came out to Barack Obama to deliver a prayer at the funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis, in which he drew parallels between the racist police of the 1960s and the response of the police in George Floyd protests.
Thursday night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host performed a clip of Obama’s prayer at Lewis ’funeral that same day.
In his speech, Obama addressed the ongoing protests against police brutality that have ravaged the United States and praised Lewis as the “fullest and best” founding father of America.
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In the service of the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, Obama established a direct connection between racist police and Lewis 1960s politicians and other civil rights figures who fought and the police response to the protests. against the racism of George Floyd today.
“Bull Connor may be gone, but today we are witnesses with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans,” Obama said. “George Wallace may be missing, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and canes against peaceful protesters.”
He called for the removal of the Senate filibuster rule, which has been used as a partisan technique to avoid passing legislation on ballot reform.
Obama’s prayer at the funeral was greeted with standing ovation, 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, to the false false accent, Mr. Hawaii. Imagine if some fat politician showed up at your loved one’s funeral and started throwing stupid talking points about the senate procedure, “Carlson said.
“Can you imagine? That would surprise you if this happened. You’d probably go out. Discredit a funeral with campaign slogans? What kind of person would do that?”
“Does the country fallen by racial struggle and tribalism and one of the most respected people in the whole country decide to pour gas on it and compare the police to Bull Connor?
“Like America or Minneapolis were like Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963? It’s insular. It’s reckless,” Carlson said of Obama’s words.
Historian Kevin Kruse noted that the topics Obama addressed in his prayer were those written by Lewis in a publication in The New York Times that was scheduled for publication on the day of his funeral.
—Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) on July 31, 2020