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 TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days 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 McCainDemocrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Trump rips Bill Maher as 'exhausted, gaunt and weak' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence MORE's (R-Ariz.) funerals, which Trump was not invited to. 

The Bush family did invite Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpRomney breaks with Trump's criticism of mail-in voting Pelosi calls Trump attacks on mail-in voting a 'domestic assault on our Constitution' Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary 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 ObamaTrump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Biden strikes out with Harris, the least-worst of his choices Biden, Harris to address Democratic convention from Chase Center in Delaware MORE, along with former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHas Congress captured Russia policy? What Biden must do to keep his lead and win Ocasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcGrath reshuffles campaign in home stretch to Senate election Appeals court blocks Hillary Clinton deposition on private email server What Biden must do to keep his lead and win 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