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Top House Dem calls Trump 'grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.'

Top House Dem calls Trump 'grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Nominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday described President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE as "the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.," invoking the Ku Klux Klan title while speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

"These are challenging times in the United States of America — we have a hater in the White House, a birther in chief, the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.," Jeffries said at the National Action Network’s annual celebration of the late civil rights leader.

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"One of the things that we've learned is that while Jim Crow may be dead, he still got some nieces and nephews that are alive and well," he added.

Jeffries, who is the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, has often been a vocal and fierce critic of the president and has previously decried Trump's comments on race. Jeffries has said Trump fans the "flames of racial hatred," and has called the president a "racial arsonist."

The president has reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as "shithole countries," said "both sides" were to blame for violence at a white nationalist rally in 2017, and for many years pushed the false conspiracy theory that former President Obama was not born in the U.S.

Some progressive lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-N.Y.), have labeled Trump a racist, citing those comments and his immigration policies.

Throughout his time in the Oval Office, Trump has emphasized economic improvements he says his policies are responsible for bringing to African-Americans and other minority groups and has touted his support among those groups in polls.

Trump on Tuesday marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by visiting the memorial to the civil rights leader in Washington, D.C. The stop lasted a couple minutes in frigid D.C. temperatures, according to the White House pool.