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

18:21  31 july  2020
18:21  31 july  2020 Source:   politico.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.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller scolded former President Barack Obama on Friday for his “shockingly political” remarks on voter suppression at the funeral service for Rep. John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement.

a man wearing a suit and tie: White House senior adviser Stephen Miller pauses while speaking during a television interview at the White House. © Alex Brandon/AP Photo White House senior adviser Stephen Miller pauses while speaking during a television interview at the White House.

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.

At Lewis funeral, Obama calls for renewing Voting Rights Act

  At Lewis funeral, Obama calls for renewing Voting Rights Act 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. 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. “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.

“That was shockingly political for a funeral service, but it's also totally disconnected from reality,” Miller said. “It is scandalously, outrageously false.”

Obama used a portion of his eulogy Thursday for the late civil rights leader to endorse several voting reform policies, including implementing automatic voter registration, establishing Election Day as a national holiday and passing comprehensive new voting rights legislation.

But the former president also lamented that too many people choose not to exercise their constitutional right to vote, and condemned the various barriers some Americans face when trying to cast their ballots.

Obama to speak at John Lewis's funeral

  Obama to speak at John Lewis's funeral Former President Obama will speak at the late Rep. John Lewis's (D-Ga.) funeral Thursday, according to a source familiar with the plans.Obama will attend the service alongside former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, according to multiple reports. The funeral for the civil rights icon and longtime Georgia lawmaker will be held at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.Lewis died earlier this month at the age of 80. He announced late last year that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer."I first met John when I was in law school, and I told him then that he was one of my heroes. Years later, when I was elected a U.S.

“Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick,” he said, alluding to voting laws championed largely by Republicans.

Miller, perhaps best known for his support of hard-line immigration policies, defended voter ID laws but otherwise offered little in the way of evidence to rebut Obama's claims.

Miller’s criticism came after a handful of other prominent conservatives attacked Obama’s speech at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church as overly political and inappropriate for an event intended to memorialize a person’s life.

Watch live: John Lewis's funeral in Atlanta

  Watch live: John Lewis's funeral in Atlanta Former President Barack Obama will eulogize the late Rep. John Lewis at his funeral in Atlanta on Thursday, the sixth and final day of memorials paying tribute to the Democratic congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon who died earlier this month. Yahoo News will carry live video of the funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. ET. © Provided by Yahoo! News Members of the joint services military honor guard carry the casket of Rep. John Lewis into the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday.

“Imagine if some greasy politician showed up at your loved one’s funeral and started throwing around stupid partisan talking points about Senate procedure,” Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said on his show Thursday night.

“Can you imagine that?” he continued. “You would be shocked if that happened. You would probably walk out. Desecrating a funeral with campaign slogans, what kind of person would do that?”

Obama's eulogy touched on issues inextricably linked to Lewis’ legacy as a lawmaker and civil rights champion. A leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. He went on to serve for more than three decades in Congress and made it his life’s mission to promote social justice activism.

Obama acknowledged as much Thursday. “I know this is a celebration of John’s life. There are some who might say we shouldn’t dwell on such things. But that’s why I’m talking about it. John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what’s best in America that we are seeing circulate right now,” he said.

Meet the 12-year-old who spoke at John Lewis' funeral .
"I want to make it greater and better for everybody," Tybre Faw said.In front of a crowd that included three former U.S. presidents and civil rights leaders, Faw helped eulogize Lewis by reading British poet William Ernest Henley's "Invictus" at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. The poem is said to have inspired the likes of former South African president Nelson Mandela and others.

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