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

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth Bass10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump Lobbying world Six women who could be California's next senator MORE (D-Calif.), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, urged President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE to remain silent on Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats see opportunity as states push new voting rules Lobbying world Patagonia to donate million to Georgia voting rights groups 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.