As hundreds joined three living former presidents to bid farewell to late Congressman John Lewis, the event did take on a political tone as former President Barack Obama offered the eulogy. As we told you before, President Trump opted not to pay respects to Lewis – either when he was laying in state in the Capitol Rotunda or yesterday’s service at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
But Obama pointedly referred to Trump – even if it wasn’t by name. During his remarks, Obama called Lewis a kind and gentle man who "always saw the best in us." "We can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators," he added. “Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting.”
On a related note, Obama called on the Senate to eliminate filibusters so voting rights legislation can get passed and called the Senate filibuster rule is a relic of the Jim Crowe era. But he also said much to honored a man that, as Obama noted, offered a brand of nonviolent dissent was “designed to change hearts, minds and nations.”
Source: New York Times