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 LewisThe House's stake in filibuster reform Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Underwood takes over as chair of House cybersecurity panel 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 panel says Intelligence Community not equipped to address Chinese threats | House approves bill to send cyber resources to state, local governments House approves legislation to send cybersecurity resources to state, local governments Cindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team 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 ThompsonHillicon Valley: House panel says Intelligence Community not equipped to address Chinese threats | House approves bill to send cyber resources to state, local governments House approves legislation to send cybersecurity resources to state, local governments House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks 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."