Obama Eulogizes Rep. John Lewis At MLK’s Atlanta Church

Former President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy for the late Rep. John Lewis on Thursday afternoon, and it didn’t take long for the president to make a few below-the-belt comments.

During his speech, Obama called the Georgia Democrat a “man of pure joy” and spoke about the legacy of the civil rights icon.

“He was a good and kind and gentle man and he believed in us even when we don’t believe in ourselves,” Obama said of Lewis.

“This country is a constant work in progress,” Obama said. “What gives each new generation purpose it to take up the unfinished work of the last.”

However, Obama made a slew of comments that were political. Many of which certainly seemed like veiled shots at President Donald Trump.

“If politicians want to honor John…there’s a better way than a statement calling him a hero. You want to honor John? Let’s honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for,” Obama said, calling for a renewal of the Democrat-sponsored Voting Rights Act.

Obama also called for making election day a federal holiday, restoring voting rights to the formerly incarcerated, automatic voter registration, and the full enfranchisement of citizens of D.C. and Puerto Rico.

“If all of this takes eliminating the filibuster — another Jim Crowe relic — in order to secure the God-given rights of every American, then that’s what we should do,” Obama said.

“Like John, we don’t have to choose between protest and politics. … we have to translate our passion into laws,” Obama said.

“We may no longer have to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar. But even as we sit here, those in power are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting. John Lewis devoted his life to fighting the very attacks on democracy we’re seeing circulate right now,” Obama declared.

It does not seem like a coincidence that Obama made these comments just months before November’s crucial election.