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McEnany tweets about John Lewis's death: His legacy 'will never be forgotten'

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany praised the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisUrgency mounts for new voting rights bill Reporter's essay: Capitol attack was a community invasion, not just an insurrection Georgia House to consider replacing Confederate statue with statue of John Lewis MORE (D-Ga.) as President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE remains silent on Lewis’s death through Saturday morning.

“Rep. John Lewis was an icon of the civil rights movement, and he leaves an enduring legacy that will never be forgotten. We hold his family in our prayers, as we remember Rep. John Lewis’ incredible contributions to our country,” McEnany tweeted. 

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The homage comes amid silence from Trump over Lewis’s death, sparking criticism that the president is retaliating against a lawmaker with whom he clashed. 

“It’s despicable that Trump and the White House have yet to make a statement on the passing of American hero, Rep. John Lewis,” tweeted The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump GOP group. 

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Lewis, who died Friday night, carved his place in history with a lengthy career advocating for civil rights, from being beaten to within an inch of his life on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on “Bloody Sunday” to serving 17 terms representing an Atlanta-area district in Congress. 

Trump and Lewis had a contentious relationship since the time of Trump's election. Lewis accused Trump of not being a “legitimate president,” leading Trump to fire back that the Democrat should worry about his own "horrible" district instead.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

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Lewis also drew Trump’s ire when he declined to attend his inauguration, which influenced other Democrats to do the same.

While Trump has refrained from mentioning Lewis’s death, instead going to his private golf course, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle paid homage to the former civil rights leader. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Revising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices MORE (D-Calif.) called Lewis “a titan of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our nation” and a legislator who was “fearless in his pursuit of a more perfect union,” while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBoebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Urgency mounts for new voting rights bill Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster MORE (R-Ky.) lauded him as a “pioneering civil rights leader who put his life on the line to fight racism, promote equal rights, and bring our nation into greater alignment with its founding principles.”