Dem strategist says Trump should not have attended George H.W. Bush's funeral

Democratic columnist Jonathan Harris said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE should not have attended former President George H.W. Bush's funeral, calling the move "disgusting." 

"I think the fact that he came was wrong," Harris told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on "Rising." "I don't think that he should have come."

"When he was asked not to come at other funerals, I think it was respectable that he didn't go," he continued, referring to former first lady Barbara Bush and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCummings to lie in state at the Capitol Elizabeth Warren should concern Donald Trump 'bigly' Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show MORE's (R-Ariz.) funerals, which Trump was not invited to. 

The Bush family did invite Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MORE to Wednesday's state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington. 

"I know he was [invited], I'm just saying that I think it would have been better if he didn't because he was an elephant in the room. It was a distraction," Harris said. "If you're going to be that vile and disrespectful toward people, his own son, why would you come? It's disgusting."

The president and first lady were seated next to former President Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Poll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Obamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards MORE, along with former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHouse Democrats risk overriding fairness factor on impeachment Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' What did the Founders most fear about impeachment? MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Trump campaign to hold rallies in Mississippi, Kentucky Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE, who Trump defeated in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has publicly criticized members of the Bush family, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R). 

— Julia Manchester