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Elijah 'made a lot of Republican friends': Bill Clinton

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Published on October 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:23s

Elijah 'made a lot of Republican friends': Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton on Friday at the late Rep.

Elijah Cummings's funeral service said Cummings should remain a voice of encouragement in this politically polarized time and he also made an apparent and indirect swipe at President Donald Trump saying,'you can't run a free society if you have to hate everyone you disagree with'.

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Elijah 'made a lot of Republican friends': Bill Clinton

The Baltimore funeral of former Democratic lawmaker Rep.

Elijah Cummings on Friday drew some of America's top Democratic leaders past and present to the New Psalmist Baptist church, along with thousands of other supporters.

Among the high-profile Democratic leaders attending were former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as 2020 Democratic candidates like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.

President Bill Clinton said although the late congressman is gone, he should remain a constant voice of encouragement and courage.

Clinton said he loved 'every minute' of his conversations with Rep.

Elijah Cummings.

A son of sharecroppers, Cummings served for 22 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before his death on Oct.

17.

He was an ardent civil rights voice who decades ago endured violence from white mobs as he and other African-Americans sought to integrate a public swimming pool.

The funeral was being held in Cummings' congressional district, which Trump vilified earlier this year as "disgusting, rat and rodent-infested." Cummings responded at the time by saying Trump should visit his majority-black congressional district.

"I'll ride with him for hours... I want him to see all of the wonderful things that are happening." Trump, who is scheduled to speak at a historically black college in South Carolina, did not plan to attend the funeral, the White House said on Thursday.

No information was available as to whether he had been invited, and it was not clear if other administration officials would attend.

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