President Trump says eulogy Obama gave at John Lewis’ funeral was’ terrible ‘
Farewell to Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis takes place Thursday in Atlanta
Former American leader Barack Obama on Thursday lashed out with his most harsh criticism of incumbent President Donald Trump on Thursday, denouncing the use of federal agents against protesters and attempts to suppress American voting rights..
“Today, we see firsthand police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans,” Obama said in an emotional speech at the funeral of human rights activist and Congressman John Lewis in Atlanta..
“We can see our federal government sending agents using tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” the former president said..
Obama didn’t mention Trump by name, but he explicitly referred to the actions of the Republican president.. Obama also criticized alleged Republican attempts to suppress minority voting rights and Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-order voting in November’s presidential election..
“Those in power are doing everything they can to dissuade people from voting by closing polling stations and introducing restrictive ID laws that violate the rights of minorities and students, as well as attacking voters’ rights with surgical precision, questioning the postal service in preparation for elections, the results of which will depend on the vote by mail, which is introduced to prevent infection of people, “- said Obama.
Paying tribute to Lewis, who died on July 17 at the age of 80, Obama said the Congressman’s fight for African American civil rights paved the way for Barack Obama to become America’s first black president..
Lewis, a member of the House of Representatives from Georgia, did “everything he could to keep this democracy, and as long as we live, we must continue his cause,” Obama said..
“As long as young people are protesting in the streets in the hope of real change, I hope so,” the former president said..
Lewis’ funeral was also attended by former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi..
Former President Jimmy Carter was unable to come to say goodbye to Lewis, but sent a letter that was read during a memorial ceremony at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor in the 1960s.
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