- Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson attacked Barack Obama for speaking about police violence in his funeral speech for civil rights icon John Lewis.
- "Imagine a greasy politician showed up at your loved one's funeral and started stupid partisan talks about the Senate process," said the host.
- In his speech, Obama called for US election law reform, drawing parallels between the 1960s racist policing – which Lewis experienced first-hand – and the response to George Floyd's anti-racism protests.
- In a pre-death comment published on the day of his funeral, Lewis discussed the same questions raised by Obama.
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Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson hit Barack Obama for delivering a speech at the funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis, in which he had parallels between 1960s racist policing and police response to George Floyd's protests pulled.
In the Thursday night issue of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," the presenter played a clip of the speech Obama had previously given at Lewis' funeral.
In his speech, Obama discussed the ongoing protests against police brutality that had hit the United States and praised Lewis as the founding father of a "fuller, better" America.
– Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) July 31, 2020
During the service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Obama established a direct link between the racist police and 1960s politicians Lewis and other civil rights activists were fighting, and the police response to George Floyd's anti-racism protests today.
"Bull Connor may have disappeared, but today we see with our own eyes how police officers kneel on the necks of black Americans," said Obama. "George Wallace may be gone, but we can see our federal government send agents to use tear gas and truncheons against peaceful demonstrators."
He called for the abolition of the Senate's filibuster rule, which was used as partisan technology to avoid the passing of electoral reform laws.
Obama's speech at the funeral was greeted with a 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, except for the embossed false accent, Mr. Hawaii. Imagine a greasy politician showed up at your loved one's funeral and started silly partisan talks tossing about the Senate trial. " "said Carlson.
"Can you imagine that? You would be shocked if this happened. You would probably go outside. Desecrate a campaign slogan? What kind of person would that do?"
"The country that is falling apart due to racial struggle and tribal affiliation and one of the most respected people in the whole country decides to pour gasoline on it and compare the police to Bull Connor?
"As if America or Minneapolis were like Birmingham, Alabama in 1963? It's crazy. It's ruthless," Carlson said of Obama's words.
In a tweet, historian Kevin Kruse noted that the issues that Obama addressed in his speech were those that Lewis wrote about in a comment The New York Times that should be published on the day of his funeral.
– Kevin M. Kruse (@ KevinMKruse) July 31, 2020