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

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassFor Democrats it should be about votes, not megaphones Proposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Bass calls 'Black pastors' comment during Arbery trial 'despicable' MORE (D-Calif.), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, urged President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE to remain silent on Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Obama, Dave Chappelle nominated in same Grammy category 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.