Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., criticized former President Barack Obama for injecting politics in his speech at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
“I guess we should have expected that the left including President Obama would take that occasion for a political moment, theyll grab at any opportunity thats to be understood,” King said in on Fox News on July 31. “Ive chosen not to politicize the death of Congressman Lewis, but to remember him as a peaceful non-violent warrior and encourage everyone to resolve our conflicts peacefully.”
In a 40-minute eulogy for Lewis, Obama brought up a long list of political topics, including the contentious issues of mail-in voting ballots and the wave on unrest following the police-custody death of George Floyd. Although the former president did not name any names, parts of the speech were obvious critiques of the Trump administration and Republicans in general.
“But 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 that is going to be dependent on mailed-in ballots so people dont get sick,” Obama said to a standing ovation from the crowd.
“Now, I know this is a celebration of Johns life. There are some who might say we shouldnt dwell on such things,” the former president added. “But thats why Im talking about it. John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and whats best in America that we are seeing circulate right now.”
Obama spoke at the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pastor.
“I guess they grab that an opportunity to be political,” King, a Fox News contributor, said.