Fox News’ Tucker Carlson unleashed fury on former President Barack Obama on Thursday, The Hill reported.
Motivating Carlson’s remarks was the overtly political performance Obama delivered at a recent memorial service for Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). The former president demonized President Donald Trump, his administration, and all things Republican while calling on Congress to pass a new iteration of the Voting Rights Act and to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate.
Obama’s “eulogy” was far more reminiscent of a campaign rally than a funeral, as Carlson noted.
“What kind of person would do that?”
“Barack Obama, one of the sleaziest and most dishonest figures in American politics, used George Floyd’s death in a funeral to attack the police,” Carlson began, according to the Daily Beast.
What really got the Fox News host upset wasn’t so much the anti-Trump rhetoric — that is to be expected from the likes of Obama these days. Rather, it was that Obama would stoop so low as to use a man’s funeral to try to score some political points.
“If some greasy politician showed up at your loved one’s funeral and started throwing around stupid partisan talking points about Senate procedure…you would probably walk out,” Carlson said, according to RealClearPolitics. “Desecrating a funeral with campaign slogans, what kind of person would do that?”
Fanning the flames
Carlson didn’t stop there. He also took issue with the following few lines from Obama’s speech, saying, according to The Hill:
Bull Connor may be gone. But today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone. But we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.
Connor was the longtime Birmingham, Alabama, commissioner of public safety who used fire hoses and police dogs on civil rights activists in the 1960s, and Wallace was the state’s infamous segregationist governor who notoriously supported “Jim Crow” policies throughout his four terms in office.
Obama’s implication was clear: President Trump and his administration are racists.
“Bull Connor?” Carlson asked rhetorically. “The country falling apart, riven by racial strife and tribalism, and one of the most respected people in the whole country decides to pour gasoline on that and compare the police to Bull Connor? As if America or Minneapolis is like Birmingham, Ala., in 1963? It’s insane. It’s reckless.”
Disappointing, but not surprising
Obama’s so-called eulogy would have been more surprising if it wasn’t the sort of thing of which Democrats have been guilty for quite some time. For Obama and the left, really only one thing matters: the accumulation and consolidation of political power.
Carlson, as usual, hit the nail on the head. “Obama doesn’t care,” he said Thursday. “It’s only about November and the coming election.”