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Politics At Lewis funeral, Obama calls for renewing Voting Rights Act

22:42  30 july  2020
22:42  30 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Stephen Miller criticizes Obama for 'shockingly political' remarks at John Lewis funeral

  Stephen Miller criticizes Obama for 'shockingly political' remarks at John Lewis funeral White House adviser Stephen Miller criticized former President Obama on Friday for his "shockingly political" remarks about voting rights at the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) the day before.Obama, the nation's first Black president, was one of three former commanders in chief who delivered a eulogy at the civil rights icon's funeral. Obama railed against racial inequality and ongoing voter suppression, an issue Lewis dedicated his political career to fighting. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama used Rep. John Lewis’ funeral on Thursday to issue a stark warning that the voting rights and equal opportunity the late civil rights icon championed are under increasing threat heading into the 2020 election.

Former President Barack Obama, addresses the service during the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Former President Barack Obama, addresses the service during the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

Obama, speaking from the pulpit of the church that Martin Luther King Jr. once led, called on Congress to renew the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court diminished in 2012.

Obama calls the filibuster a 'Jim Crow relic' and says it should be abolished if necessary during his powerful eulogy for John Lewis

  Obama calls the filibuster a 'Jim Crow relic' and says it should be abolished if necessary during his powerful eulogy for John Lewis "If all of this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic, in order to secure the God-given rights of every American, then that's what we should do."Obama praised Lewis' record securing key voting rights victories, including the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and called for a slew of new federal voting rights reforms, including restoring the parts of the VRA struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013, expanding polling places, automatic voter registration, and reenfranchising formerly incarcerated Americans.

“You want to honor John, let’s honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for,” Obama said.

Obama endorsed ending the Senate filibuster if that is what’s needed to pass an overhauled voting law. The first Black president called the procedural hurdle that effectively requires 60 votes to pass major legislation a “Jim Crow relic,” referring to the segregation era.

Former President Barack Obama, addresses the service during the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Former President Barack Obama, addresses the service during the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

The Democratic-led House has adopted a sweeping rewrite of the Voting Rights Act, and Democrats want to name the act after Lewis. But it faces opposition in the Republican-led Senate.

Civil rights icon John Lewis to be eulogized by Obama at funeral

  Civil rights icon John Lewis to be eulogized by Obama at funeral Civil rights icon John Lewis to be eulogized by Obama at funeralFormer President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the eulogy for Lewis, who died on July 17 at age 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are also slated to speak.

Obama did not name President Donald Trump or any GOP congressional leaders, and he noted that the original Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its renewal over the years have drawn Republican and Democratic votes in Congress and been signed by presidents from both parties.

But, he said, “There are those in power doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws.”

Obama’s eulogy for Lewis came hours after Trump suggested delaying the November election, something he doesn’t have the authority to do. Trump has falsely claimed that increased use of mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic will threaten the election’s legitimacy.

Lewis, who died July 17 at the age of 80, was among the youngest leaders of the civil rights movement. He was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. He was an original member of the Freedom Riders, activists who challenged segregated bus lines in Southern states, and he was badly beaten by Alabama State Troopers in 1965 as he led a voting rights march in Selma, Alabama.

Stephen Miller: Obama’s comments at Lewis funeral ‘totally disconnected from reality’

  Stephen Miller: Obama’s comments at Lewis funeral ‘totally disconnected from reality’ Obama used a portion of his eulogy Thursday for the late civil rights leader to endorse several voting reform policies.In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” the policy aide to President Donald Trump accused his boss’ predecessor of spreading lies about efforts by elected officials to stifle voter participation and minority engagement ahead of November’s election.

Former President Barack Obama, addresses the service during the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Former President Barack Obama, addresses the service during the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

Obama awarded Lewis the Medal of Freedom in 2011.

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The late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said in a posthumous op-ed that he had been "inspired" shortly before his death by nationwide demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd in May.In a piece published the day of his funeral in The New York Times, the civil rights titan recounted his own fears after the lynching of Emmett Till in 1955 and his own path to the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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