Civil Rights leader and long-time Democratic Representative John Lewis died on Friday night. The 80-year-old Georgia congressman passed away in his Atlanta home after receiving hospice care for pancreatic cancer. On Saturday, California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass asked President Trump to "say nothing" about the passing of the civil rights hero. His body isn't even cold and Democrats like Bass are already using his death to race bait Americans.
"Please let us mourn in peace," Rep. Bass tweeted.
.@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.— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) July 18, 2020
Please let us mourn in peace.
President Trump, fully entitled to mourn the death of John Lewis just like anybody else who admires his contributions, ignored the congresswoman's request.
Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2020
As noted in Rep. Bass's tweet, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also expressed condolences to the family of John Lewis and hailed the "incredible contributions" the Civil Rights legend made to the country.
Rep. John Lewis was an icon of the civil rights movement, and he leaves an enduring legacy that will never be forgotten. We hold his family in our prayers, as we remember Rep. John Lewis’ incredible contributions to our country.— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) July 18, 2020
Lewis was one of the keynote speakers at the March on Washington in 1963, and the only speaker to live long enough to witness the presidential election of Barack Obama. Lewis served 33 years in the United States Congress.