The left “will take any opportunity” to turn an occasion like the funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis into “a political moment,” Dr Alveda King said on Friday.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” King said she should have expected former President Barack Obama to “seize” the opportunity.
“I chose not to politicize the death of Congressman Lewis, but to remember him as a peaceful and non-violent warrior and to encourage everyone to resolve our conflicts peacefully,” he said. she points out.
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“Now I know it’s a celebration of John’s life. There are those who might say that we should not dwell on such things. But that’s why I’m talking about it, ”Obama told attendees at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. . “John Lewis has dedicated his time on this Earth to fighting the very attacks on democracy and the best of America that we see going around right now. ”
He then launched into a discussion, touching on a plethora of topics, including voting rights law, granting statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, turning polling day into day. public holiday, implementing automatic voter registration, getting rid of Senate filibustering, and civil unrest across the country following the death of George Floyd.
However, according to King, Obama twisted history when he “took us back to the 1960s.”
At the start of his speech, Obama referred to the life of young activist Lewis, who was beaten by state soldiers during Selma’s march to Montgomery in 1965 known as “Bloody Sunday”.
“And, that was a time when segregation was still around, segregation was still legal, and those in power… some of them were trying to enforce that and keep it,” recalls Martin’s niece. Luther King Jr ..
“Today when the National Guard comes in – sent by the president, for example – or state soldiers, they try to protect the American people in every community. And, to save lives and protect people, ”she said. “There is a totally distinct difference. ”
Growing up, Lewis fought oppression in other ways, leading to a five-term career representing the state of Georgia.
King said drawing parallels without naming names and alleging that there was “an effort to undermine the voting process” was an incorrect characterization of the current administration’s message ahead of the November presidential election.
“You know, actually President Trump says, ‘People, please be careful. We want you to vote. Use your mail ballots. Go to the polls. “He even encouraged, you know, people to be observers and polling officers and things like that,” she said.
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“President Trump is not trying to suppress the vote,” King said. “We want people to vote safely. And we need the voting process to be fair. And so, to politicize the funeral of a peaceful warrior – I mean, I guess they took an opportunity to be political, ”she concluded. .
Fox News’s Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.