A man refused to shake hands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at Rep. Elijah Cummings’ memorial service at the Capitol on Thursday, leaving the GOP lawmaker visibly stunned.
In video captured by C-Span, Bobby Rankin walks down a line of VIP attendees. He hugs Rep. Jim Clyburn , then shakes hands with Rep. Steny Hoyer , House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer .
Rankin then walks past McConnell, who is sandwiched between Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, without breaking his stride and goes to hug Pelosi — even though McConnell, who eulogized Cummings during the Capitol memorial, extends his hand to greet the fellow mourner.
McConnell appears visibly dejected by the diss. He turns to Schumer, whose only acknowledgment of the snub is a sly smile.
But McConnell quickly got over the snub, and headed to the podium to laud Cummings, a staunch supporter of the impeachment probe of President Trump who nevertheless was beloved by politicians across the political spectrum.
Cummings died Oct. 17 at the age of 68 after serving 22 years in the House of Representatives.
“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,” McConnell said. “Only one reason, because principled leaders had fought to give kids like him a chance.”
Mitch McConnell just got snubbed by a pallbearer at Elijah Cummings’ funeral pic.twitter.com/oUQIAyOmbB
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 28, 2019