Tucker Carlson was not too pleased with President Obama’s eulogy at John Lewis’ memorial service on Thursday. Maybe it hit too close to home.
President Barack Obama’s eulogy was moving and powerful. He called for more people to vote, on the same day when Donald Trump floated the idea of delaying the November elections.
It was the right time and place to deliver this speech since Congressman Lewis dedicated his life to fighting for voting rights and equality.
“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 by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restricted I.D. 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,” Obama said.
His speech was well-received inside the church as evidenced by the standing ovation he got from the audience.
But Fox News host Tucker Carlson wasn’t feeling it. He lashed out at President Obama during his Thursday monologue on his show. He compared Obama to “greasy politician” who “desecrated” the funeral service by “throwing around stupid partisan talking points.”
“Barack Obama showed up at congressman John Lewis’ funeral today and Obama claims he was there to eulogize his friend and that’s not true and that’s not what he did,” Carlson whined. “Instead Obama gave a divisive and deeply dishonest campaign speech in church.”
Carlson then played a clip of Obama speaking at Lewis’ funeral.
“It’s hard to believe that clip is real but it is, down to the cloying, fake accent, Mr. Hawaii Guy,” Carlson said after playing the clip. “But take three steps back. Imagine if some greasy politician showed up at your loved one’s funeral and started throwing around stupid partisan talking points about Senate procedure. Can you imagine that? You would be shocked if that happened. You’d probably walk out. Desecrating a funeral with campaign slogans? What kind of person would do that?”
Coincidentally, the New York Times published an op-ed written by John Lewis on the day of his funeral. In it, he discussed many of the topics President Obama spoke about at his funeral. He also wrote about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who would call for voting rights from the pulpit of the church.