Politics Stephen Miller criticizes Obama for 'shockingly political' remarks at John Lewis funeral
Robert E. Lee high school in Virginia gets a name change: It's now John R. Lewis
A Virginia boardmember had proposed a resolution to remove the Confederate general's name from the school in February. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Several board members clapped and cheered when the unanimous vote was announced. “The name Robert E. Lee is forever connected to the Confederacy, and Confederate values are ones that do not align with our community,” Kaufax said in a news release. “I believe that John Lewis’ extraordinary life and advocacy for racial justice will serve as an inspiration to our students and community for generations to come.
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 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.
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Miller took issue with Obama saying that "restrictive ID laws" and "undermining the Postal Service in the run up to an election" were suppressing voters.
"That was shockingly political for a funeral service, but it's also totally disconnected from reality," Miller said on "Fox & Friends." "It is scandalously, outrageously false."
Miller said that proving "you are who you say you are, you live where you say you live" is not a form of voter suppression, though voting advocates that large swaths of eligible voters lack a photo ID.
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"It's a simple principle: one citizen, one vote. Emphasis on the word 'citizen,'" said Miller, an immigration hard-liner.
Final crossing in Selma: Procession across Edmund Pettus Bridge honors John Lewis
In 1965, John Lewis was beaten when a voting rights march across a bridge in Selma, Alabama, turned violent. He crossed that bridge one last time.John Lewis, who walked the bridge with about 600 other voting rights advocates on March 7, 1965, was among those who helped make that demonstration a pivotal one in the fight for African-American suffrage.
The White House adviser echoed concerns from President Trump and other Republicans in saying that universal mail-in ballots invite voter fraud. The president has repeatedly stated without evidence that voting by mail is rife with fraud, and he drew bipartisan criticism on Thursday for suggesting the November elections be delayed until in-person elections can be held safely.
"Universal mail-in ballots are an attempt to dilute the vote of your viewers," Miller said on Fox News. "It's an attempt to dilute the vote of Americans who want to have their identities verified by allowing for massive endemic fraud."
When asked about the state of stalled negotiations on a coronavirus stimulus package, Miller slammed Democrats for including stimulus checks for those with individual taxpayer identification numbers - as opposed to only Social Security numbers - in the package that the House passed in May.
"Their legislation includes handouts to illegal aliens while Americans need relief and need support," Miller said. "It's a question of Democrats needing to reject the extreme voices in our own party. If they do that, we'll have a deal tomorrow."
Joe Biden's vice presidential contender Rep. Karen Bass defended a resurfaced video in which she praises the Church of Scientology .
Bass said she was trying to find an "area of agreement" with the Church of Scientology during a speech she gave in 2010.In a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday, Bass said she was trying to find an "area of agreement" with the Church of Scientology in a 2010 speech she made while attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Scientology building in Los Angeles.