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Obama Compares Trump To Segregationist George Wallace During Eulogy For John Lewis

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Obama eulogizes John LewisIn his eulogy of the late civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former President Barack Obama compared President Trump’s crackdown on protesters in Portland to the actions of segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace, known for his advocacy of Jim Crow laws in opposition of the civil rights movement.

Obama began his speech effusively praising Lewis as Martin Luther King’s “greatest disciple,” recounting his civil rights activism and declaring, “America was built by John Lewises” saying, “He as much as anyone has brought this country closer to our highest ideals."

Later in his speech, Obama made direct comparisons between today with the height of the civil rights movement, stating, “George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”

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