TheHill reports Tucker Carlson described former President Obama as “one of the sleaziest and most dishonest figures in the history of American politics” after his eulogy at the funeral of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Thursday.
Carlson, who also described the former president as “a greasy politician” for calling on Congress to pass a new Voting Rights Act and to eliminate the filibuster, which Obama described as a relic of the Jim Crow era that disenfranchised Black Americans, in order to do so.
“Barack Obama, one of the sleaziest and most dishonest figures in the history of American politics, used George Floyd’s death at a funeral to attack the police,” Carlson said before showing a segment of Obama’s remarks.
Obama gave lengthy remarks about Lewis at Thursday’s funeral, but the part that got the most attention was his vehement push for Congress to pass a new Voting Rights Act, which was an issue that Lewis had pursued. The Supreme Court in 2013 struck down the heart of the 1965 law, allowing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their voting laws without federal approval.
“Bull Connor may be gone. But today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone. But we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” Obama said.
Conner was the commissioner of public safety in Birmingham, Ala., and in the 1960s directed the use of fire hoses and attack dogs on people demonstrating for civil rights. He’s since become a symbol of that era’s most racist leaders.
Carlson cut off the clip at that point with his own commentary, decrying Obama for comparing today’s police officers to such a noxious historic figure.
“Bull Connor?” Carlson stated. “The country falling apart, riven by racial strife and tribalism, and one of the most respected people in the whole country decides to pour gasoline on that and compare the police to Bull Connor? As if America or Minneapolis is like Birmingham, Ala., in 1963? It’s insane. It’s reckless.”
“Of course, Obama doesn’t care. It’s only about November and the coming election,” Carlson said.
Obama calls on politicians to restore the Voting Rights Act and name it after John Lewis: “There’s a better way than a statement calling him a hero. You want to honor John? Let’s honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for.”
Obama calls on politicians to restore the Voting Rights Act and name it after John Lewis: "There's a better way than a statement calling him a hero. You want to honor John? Let's honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for." https://t.co/wrzcAjBNnU pic.twitter.com/A5UDRAGANA
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 30, 2020
OBAMA: “John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth devoted to fighting the very attacks on democracy and what’s best in America that we’re seeing circulate right now.”
OBAMA: “John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth devoted to fighting the very attacks on democracy and what's best in America that we're seeing circulate right now."pic.twitter.com/34gMQF5jNY
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) July 30, 2020