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Mitch Mcconnell is publicly insulted at Elijah Cummings' Memorial Service



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the subject of a public snub at the memorial service of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings on Thursday.
Bobby Rankin, one of the bereaved, moved down a line of lawmakers at the memorial service and hugged House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) before shaking the hands of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).Schumer, but he moved past McConnell without so much as acknowledging the leading senator’s outstretched hand.
Rankin, who was reportedly a friend of Cummings, was is one of the men listed as a pallbearer for Cummings’s funeral on Friday. His actions appeared to have left McConnell shocked, and Schumer smirking.
Regardless of Rankin’s snub, McConnell’s eulogy was a poignant reminder of the unity lawmakers often feel outside of their partisan struggles of change.McConnell described Cummings as a man who “did not just represent Baltimore, he embodied it.”
“He celebrated its victories, sought to advocate for its needs, and worked to heal its wounds,” McConnell said.
“He knew there was only one reason why a son of sharecroppers, a child who had literally had to bear the injuries of bigotry, and segregation, could graduate from law school, and eventually chair, a powerful committee in Congress.
“Only one reason, because principle leaders had fought to give kids like him a chance.”
President Donald Trump ordered that American flags across the world be flown at half-mast in honor of Rep. Elijah Cummings when the news of his passing reached the White House.
The president, who has had longstanding political differences with the representative, which they often aired publicly, put that aside to offer his concern:
“My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
“I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”

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