Black Caucus hits White House criticism of Lewis: ‘It’s laughable’

Black Caucus hits White House criticism of Lewis: ‘It’s laughable’
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The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) hit back at the White House for criticizing Rep. John LewisJohn LewisGeorgia makes it easier to get mail-in ballots after delaying primary Kennedy said DSCC prevented him from helping Democrats flip GOP seats Pelosi stands firm amid calls to close Capitol MORE (D-Ga.) for deciding to skip the opening of a Mississippi civil rights museum.

The civil rights icon and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said Thursday he would also skip the opening of the museum over Trump's planned attendance, calling it an "insult" to the civil rights movement for the president to attend. 

The White House responded later in the day, saying it is an "unfortunate" decision. 

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“We think it’s unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the president in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. 

On Thursday, CBC chairman Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondHillicon Valley: House passes key surveillance bill | Paul, Lee urge Trump to kill FISA deal | White House seeks help from tech in coronavirus fight | Dem urges Pence to counter virus misinformation Lawmakers criticize Trump's slashed budget for key federal cyber agency Government report offers guidelines to prevent nationwide cyber catastrophe MORE (D-La.) responded to the White House statement. 

“It’s laughable that the White House is criticizing Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonPelosi forms House committee to oversee coronavirus response Democrats introduce bill to set up commission to review coronavirus response Hillicon Valley: HHS hit by cyberattack amid coronavirus outbreak | Senators urge FCC to shore up internet access for students | Sanders ramps up Facebook ad spending | Dems ask DHS to delay Real ID deadline MORE for not attending the opening of a civil rights museum that honors the sacrifice of ...wait... John Lewis, Bennie Thompson & many others."

Lewis was a prominent leader during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and was badly beaten by police along with other activists during a famous march in Selma, Ala. 

He has been a frequent critic of Trump and drew the president’s ire in January, before Trump officially took office, after saying he didn't consider him to be a “legitimate president."