Congressional Black Caucus chair encourages Trump to stay silent on Lewis's death: 'Please let us mourn in peace'

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Pressure grows on California governor to name Harris replacement MORE (D-Calif.), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE to remain silent on Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Biden must look to executive action to fulfill vow to Black Americans The purposeful is political: Gen Z bowls over their doubters MORE’s (D-Ga.) recent death, suggesting his remarks would serve as an unwanted distraction.

.@realDonaldTrump while the nation mourns the passing of a national hero, please say nothing. Please don’t comment on the life of Congressman Lewis. Your press secretary released a statement, leave it at that,” she tweeted. “Please let us mourn in peace.”


Lewis, who represented an Atlanta-area district for 17 terms, was a titan in the civil rights movement and garnered respect from both Democrats and Republicans. He died Friday night at the age of 80.

Bipartisan lawmakers expressed their condolences Saturday, though Trump has been conspicuously silent. The White House press secretary released a statement mourning Lewis’s death and the White House ordered flags to be flown at half-staff, though the president — who's at his private golf course in Sterling, Va. — has yet to make any remarks. 

Trump and Lewis had a contentious relationship while the president was in office. 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.

Lewis also drew Trump’s ire when he declined to attend his inauguration.