Barack Obama, the former president, was widely criticized online for using his time to commemorate civil rights icon John Lewis to take shot after shot at President Trump.
Critics said it was not surprising because Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee, seems to be having difficulty delivering his own message and the success of his campaign will hinge on his association with Obama and acolytes in the party.
But Obama spoke with such unapologetic divisiveness it was jarring for some who watched Lewis’ funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
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Of course, Obama didn’t mention Trump by name, but he apparently got the Democratic National Committee memo: Push the narrative that Trump is trying to prevent First Amendment rights for peaceful protesters.
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. He got a standing ovation when he said, “George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”
Lisa Boothe, a political commentator, wrote, “The fact that Obama would use a funeral for political purposes underscores why his 8 years in office were so divisive.”
Another commenter pointed out how Obama continues to march in lockstep with the party’s new demand and called him “on brand.” Critics of Obama have claimed that he did little to help the black community despite eight years in office and the only lasting achievement for the community was the fact that he occupied the office.
Todd Starnes, the host of the “Todd Starnes Show,” has said that the protests that have been sweeping across the country could be traced back to the seed that was planted during the Obama presidency. Critics of Obama point to his so-called “Beer Summit” and comments about Trayvon Martin looking like he could be his son.
Obama did not limit his criticism to race relations in the country or the recent unrest. He even took up the issue of mail-in ballots.
“Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darnedest 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. It’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick,” he said.