- Fox News host Tucker Carlson attacked Barack Obama for discussing police violence in his funeral prayer for civil rights icon John Lewis.
- “Imagine if some greasy politician came out at your loved one’s funeral and started throwing stupid partisan points talking about the senate procedure,” the host said.
- In his oration, Obama called for a reform of voting laws in the United States, drawing parallels between racist police in the 1960s – which Lewis first experienced – and the response to anti-racism protests George Floyd.
- In an op-ed written before he died, published on the day of his funeral, Lewis discussed the same issues raised by Obama.
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Tucker Carlson hosted Fox News outside of Barack Obama for praying at the funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis in which he drew parallels between the racist police of the 1960s and the police’s reaction to the protests. ‘George Floyd.
On Thursday night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host played a video of the prayer delivered by Obama at Lewis ’funeral earlier that day.
In the speech, Obama addressed the ongoing protests against police brutality that have gripped the United States, praising Lewis as America’s founding father “fuller and better.”
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In service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Obama brought a direct connection between the racist police and Lewis politicians of the 1960s and other civil rights figures who fought against them, and the reaction of the police for today’s anti-racism protests George Floyd.
“Bull Connor may be gone, but today we see with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans,” Obama said. “George Wallace may be gone, but we can assist our federal government in sending agents to use tear gas and sticks against peaceful protesters.”
He called for the elimination of the Senate filibuster rule, which was used as a partisan technique to prevent passing legislation on vote reform.
Obama’s prayer 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 video is real, but it’s, up to the fake accent created, Mr. Guy Hawaii. Imagine if some greasy politician came out at your loved one’s funeral and started throwing stupid biases that talk about the senate procedure, “Carlson said.
“Can you imagine that? You’d be shocked if that happened. You’d probably get together. Decide on a funeral with campaign slogans? What kind of person would do that?”
“Does the country that falls apart from racial conflicts and tribalism and one of the most respected people in the whole country decide to pour gasoline on that and compare the police to Bull Connor?
“As if America or Minneapolis are like Birmingham, Alabama in 1963? It’s crazy. It’s neglected,” Carlson said of Obama’s words.
In a tweet, historian Kevin Kruse pointed out that the topics Obama addressed in his prayer were those Lewis wrote about at an opportunity in the New York Times that was scheduled for publication on the day of his funeral.
—Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 31, 2020