Cummings pallbearer skips McConnell handshake at memorial

A pallbearer at Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsMaryland postpones primary over coronavirus fears Maryland governor: 'Simply not enough supplies' on hand to tackle coronavirus Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges MORE's (D-Md.) memorial on Thursday shook hands with all top congressional leaders except Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFlorida Democrat hits administration over small business loan rollout The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Schumer says nation will 'definitely' need new coronavirus relief bill MORE (R-Ky.). 


Video captured the pallbearer, who has been identified in reports as Bobby Rankin, skipping McConnell while greeting a line of other senior lawmakers that included both Republicans and Democrats. 

Cummings was a fierce opponent at times of President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE and Republican policies, but it is not clear what prompted the moment. Rankin has not spoken about it.

Cummings, who died on Oct. 17, was the first African American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall on Thursday. McConnell spoke at the Thursday ceremony honoring Cummings.

"By day, the congressman was here in the Capitol working and leading in these hallways of power," McConnell said. "But every night, he rode the train back home and walked the neighborhoods, bullhorn in hand, encouraging unity and peace."

Cummings's funeral is Friday in Baltimore. Former Presidents Obama and Clinton are both slated to speak at the funeral for the former House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman.