- Fox News host Tucker Carlson attacked Barack Obama on Thursday for discussing police violence while talking about civil rights icon John Lewis.
- “Imagine if some fat politician showed up at the funeral of a loved one and started throwing around stupid guerrilla talk points about the Senate order,” the landlord said.
- In his report, Obama called for a reform of voting laws in the U.S. and drew parallels between the racist police regime that Lewis experienced at first glance and the response to today’s anti-racist protests caused by George Floyd’s death.
- In an op-ed article published on his funeral day after his death, Lewis discussed the same issues Obama posed.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson has persecuted Barack Obama for presenting a civil rights icon, John Lewis, in which he drew a parallel between the racist police of the 1960s and the police response to George Floyd’s protests.
In Thursday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the host played a clip of Obama’s oration at Lewis’ funeral earlier that day.
Obama noted the protests against police brutality that shocked the United States and praised Lewis as the founder of a “more comprehensive, better” America.
– Torabi Pack (@Account), 2020 July 31
While serving at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Obama directly linked the racist police and politicians of the 1970s, who were fought by Lewis and other civil rights activists, and the police response to today’s anti-racist protests caused by Floyd’s death.
“Connor the bull may be gone, but today we are witnessing with our own eyes how police officers kneeled on the necks of black Americans,” Obama said. “George Wallace may not be, but we may be witnessing our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and shoes against peaceful demonstrators.”
He also called for the repeal of the Senate philibuster rule, which was used as a guerrilla technique to prevent the adoption of voting-reform laws.
Obama received a standing ovation, but Carlson accused the former president of taking advantage of the event to collect political points.
“It’s hard to believe the clip is real, but it depends on a fake fake accent, Mr. Hawaii Guy,” Carlson said. “But take three steps back. Imagine if some greasy politician showed up at the funeral of a loved one and started throwing around stupid guerrilla talk points about the Senate order.
“Can you imagine that? If you were shocked if that happened. You would probably leave. Stop the funeral with campaign slogans? What kind of person would do that?”
He added: “A collapsing country full of racial strife and tribalism, and one of the most respected people in the country decides to refuel and compare the police to Bull Connor?
“Like America or Minneapolis is like 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama? It’s crazy. It’s reckless.”
Historian Kevin Kruse noted on Twitter that the topics covered by Obama are the same as those written by Lewis in an opaligical article in The New York Times on the day of his funeral.
—Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse), 2020 July 31