After Rep. John Lewis died, many tributes poured out across the Internet—but no one expected a tribute like this.
Republicans remembered the man fondly for his work during the Civil Rights movement.
When the time came for his funeral, former President Obama gave a speech.
Did he put politics aside to honor this long-serving official? Nope:
Former President Barack Obama used his eulogy at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) to call for an end to the Senate filibuster to pass Democrats’ new legislation on voting reform…
Obama said Democrats should go beyond that legislation and also enact laws making voter registration automatic, granting the vote to ex-convicts, and making Election Day a national holiday, among other changes.
President George W. Bush attended the funeral, saying “we live in a better country” because of Lewis.
When Obama had his chance to speak, he instead used the time to hammer the sitting president and calling for political action.
The former president pushed radical voting reform, including automatic voter registration, voting for ex-convicts, and making Election Day a national holiday.
He demanded an end to the filibuster rule, which would prevent minority political parties from having a say in Congress.
Critics were quick to slam Obama, accusing him of using a funeral to push politics. But this is not the first time.
In recent years, notable Americans have passed on. Democrats who appeared at their funerals used the chance to take shots at Donald Trump and Republicans.
That included the funerals of John McCain and even Aretha Franklin.
Even though it is an election year, some were upset that Obama would use his time to demand political change, instead of honoring the man who has died.
His speech illustrates the deep divide growing between Americans and the political left. More and more Americans appear alienated from a party that uses any and everything to push their agenda.
- Barack Obama called for radical voter reform and other political changes during John Lewis’ funeral.
- The former president wanted the filibuster rule gone and other voter registration reforms.
- This comes as Democrats have used several recent funerals to demand political action.