Stephen Miller criticizes Obama for 'shockingly political' remarks at John Lewis funeral

White House adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerTrump reemerges to legacy being erased by Biden Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Sunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze MORE criticized former President Obama on Friday for his “shockingly political” remarks about voting rights at the funeral for the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDOJ faces swift turnaround to meet Biden voting rights pledge Harris holds first meeting in ceremonial office with CBC members Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy MORE (D-Ga.) the day before.

Obama, the nation’s first Black president, was one of three former commanders in chief who delivered a eulogy at the civil rights icon’s funeral. Obama railed against racial inequality and ongoing voter suppression, an issue Lewis dedicated his political career to fighting.

Miller took issue with Obama saying that “restrictive ID laws” and “undermining the Postal Service in the run up to an election” were suppressing voters. 


“That was shockingly political for a funeral service, but it's also totally disconnected from reality,” Miller said on "Fox & Friends." “It is scandalously, outrageously false.” 

Miller said that proving “you are who you say you are, you live where you say you live” is not a form of voter suppression, though voting advocates have argued that large swaths of eligible voters lack a photo ID. 

“It’s a simple principle: one citizen, one vote. Emphasis on the word ‘citizen,’” said Miller, an immigration hard-liner.

The White House adviser echoed concerns from President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE and other Republicans in saying that universal mail-in ballots invite voter fraud. The president has repeatedly stated without evidence that voting by mail is rife with fraud, and he drew bipartisan criticism on Thursday for suggesting the November elections be delayed until in-person elections can be held safely.


“Universal mail-in ballots are an attempt to dilute the vote of your viewers,” Miller said on Fox News. “It’s an attempt to dilute the vote of Americans who want to have their identities verified by allowing for massive endemic fraud.”

When asked about the state of stalled negotiations on a coronavirus stimulus package, Miller slammed Democrats for including stimulus checks for those with individual taxpayer identification numbers — as opposed to only Social Security numbers — in the package that the House passed in May.

“Their legislation includes handouts to illegal aliens while Americans need relief and need support,” Miller said. "It’s a question of Democrats needing to reject the extreme voices in our own party. If they do that, we’ll have a deal tomorrow.”