Former President Barack Obama used part of his eulogy for the late Rep. John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement and steadfast advocate for voting rights, to rip into President Donald Trump for actively working to undermine his life’s work.
Delivering the eulogy at Lewis’ funeral at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Obama slammed Trump’s actions without addressing him by name.
Obama warned that Americans must be “vigilant against the darker currents of this country’s history.”
“Today, we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans,” Obama said.
“George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” he said, prompting a standing ovation.
“We may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to cast a ballot, but even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting,” he continued, a clear reference to Trump and his efforts to discourage mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Obama said that this is being done “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 got to be dependent on mail-in ballots so that people don’t get sick.”
Barack Obama, #MyPresident:
President Obama eviscerates Trump without ever mentioning his name.pic.twitter.com/2UGVY7jhts
— Bill Madden (@maddenifico) July 30, 2020