/Video shows Elijah Cummings pallbearer snubbing Mitch McConnell – Business Insider

Video shows Elijah Cummings pallbearer snubbing Mitch McConnell – Business Insider

A pallbearer at Rep. Elijah Cummings’ memorial service in the US Capitol on Thursday skipped over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a handshake line.

A video clip posted on Twitter showed C-SPAN’s footage of the line where speakers and pallbearers shook hands with several lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, McConnell, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

At one point, a pallbearer can be seen grasping McCarthy’s hand, then Schumer’s, then swiftly moving past McConnell before stopping in front of Pelosi and shaking her hand.

McConnell, who had been reaching for the pallbearer’s hand, dropped his arm and appeared stricken in the seconds after the pallbearer passed him by.

The Kentucky Republican turned and looked at Schumer in apparent disbelief.

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Cummings, who represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, died on October 17. He was 68.

He became the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the Capitol and was eulogized by several former colleagues — including McConnell — on Thursday.

In his remarks, McConnell praised Cummings’ work quelling violence in Baltimore during protests in 2015 over the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody.

“‘Let’s go home. Let’s all go home,'” McConnell recalled Cummings saying. “Now our distinguished colleague truly has gone home.”

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