|A photo of former US president Barack Obama and current president Donald J. Trump.(Photo by=Newsopener)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] In his eulogy, former President Barack Obama reclaimed his political pulpit with a stark warning that his successor is a grave and imminent threat to American democracy and racial justice. It wasn’t just his most public intervention in the 2020 campaign or his most passionate denunciation yet of a successor whose highest priority is eradicating Obama's achievements at home and abroad. But Obama's speech was urgent and in tones of an activist, not a healer or the optimist who once declared there is "not a Black America" nor a "White America."
It offered liberals the kind of inspiration and also embolden voters who saw in Trump a vehicle for their backlash against Obama's presidency. Obama, in eulogizing Lewis, a civil rights hero who was beaten to the edge of death while securing voting rights for African Americans, then placed Trump directly in the lineage of old Deep South bigots, a stunningly explicit move that branded Trump's race-baiting campaign a direct threat to the republic.
Meanwhile, Trump did not travel to honor Lewis, a man who he once decried as "talk, talk, talk, no action." Two other ex-presidents choose their side of history, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton also spoke at the service.