(Reuters) – The late Elijah Cummings, a veteran Democratic lawmaker and civil rights activist who was a number one pressure within the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, shall be eulogized on Friday by former presidents Barack Obama and Invoice Clinton in his hometown of Baltimore.
FILE PHOTO: Home Oversight and Authorities Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) addresses a Nationwide Press Membership luncheon on his “committee’s investigations into President Donald Trump and his administration,” in Washington, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert/File Photograph
Hillary Clinton, who misplaced to Trump within the 2016 presidential election, additionally shall be amongst these honoring Cummings at a 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) funeral service on the metropolis’s New Psalmist Baptist Church.
A son of sharecroppers, Cummings served for 22 years within the U.S. Home of Representatives earlier than his dying on Oct. 17. He was an ardent civil rights voice who many years in the past endured violence from white mobs as he and different African-Individuals sought to combine a public swimming pool.
The 13-term congressman was credited with serving to calm tensions in Baltimore in 2015 when violence erupted following the dying of an African-American man in police custody.
He was a high-profile antagonist of Trump, who launched his June 2015 marketing campaign for president promising to crack down on unlawful immigration, saying Mexico was sending rapists into the USA.
Two years later as president, Trump reacted to a weekend of lethal violence throughout a “Unite the Proper” rally in Virginia saying there have been “very effective individuals” on each side of the demonstrations.
The funeral was being held in Cummings’ congressional district, which Trump vilified earlier this yr as “disgusting, rat and rodent infested.”
Cummings responded by saying Trump ought to go to his majority-black congressional district. “I’ll experience with him for hours…I would like him to see all the great issues which might be occurring.”
Trump, who’s scheduled to talk at a traditionally black faculty in South Carolina, shouldn’t be anticipated to attend the funeral. It’s not clear if different White Home officers shall be there.
U.S. race relations are certain to be a contentious subject through the upcoming 2020 presidential election season through which Democrats goal to unseat Trump.
They hope to win over the votes of African-Individuals who may play an essential function in figuring out the result, together with rising Hispanic communities all through the USA.
As chairman of the Home Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings earlier than his dying led a collection of investigations into Trump’s administration and enterprise dealings. He had been a central determine in Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry into the president’s dealings with Ukraine.
Reporting by Richard Cowan; Extra reporting by Steve Holland; Enhancing by Andy Sullivan and Sonya Hepinstall