Republican Senators post pictures of Elijah Cummings in tribute to John Lewis

Elijah Cummings in tribute to John Lewis
The positions of senators are far from the first examples of Cummings and Lewis

Like thousands of other Americans, it was censored. Marco Rubio and Don Sullivan took to social media on Saturday to mourn the rape death. John Lewis, a respected figure in the civil rights movement.

"It is an honor to serve in Congress with John Lewis and to be blessed with a true and historic American hero," Rubio, R-Fla. Mentioned in a tweet on Saturday afternoon. "The Lord grant him eternal peace."

Leave a photo posted by Rubio to a member of Congress other than Louis: Republican Elijah Cummings, who died in October. Rubio also used a photo of himself with Cummings as his Twitter profile picture.

Sullivan, R-Alaska, also recalled Louis with a photo of Cummings. Sullivan stands near Cummings in front of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington in a photo posted on his Facebook account.

"Congressman Louis's courage and royal leadership helped drive America through the most challenging times in its history, demanding that our country walk with the ideals of justice and equality for all people, regardless of color or religion."

In a subsequent tweet, Rubio admitted that he had used the wrong photo.

"John Lewis is a true American hero," he said. “It was an honor for me to be together in Miami 3 years ago in an event captured on video below. God gives him eternal rest.

For his part, Sullivan later removed a picture of Cummings from his Facebook post, as well as a reference to the museum.

Rubio's spokesman, Nick Icovella, said a wrong photo led to the combination. The original photo, taken in February 2014 by Lauren Schneiderman, a photojournalist from the Philadelphia Inquirer, has been removed from Schneidermann's personal website.

The screen shot shows that the caption information actually identifies Cummings as Lewis.

"Senator Sullivan's staff made a mistake to honor the American legend," Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson said in an email Saturday.

Twitter quickly criticized Rubio and R-Fla for confusing members of Congress.

Louis died Friday at 80. She was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December. One of the original 13 Freedom Riders, he was a powerful force in the American civil rights movement, helping to organize marches on Washington and other demonstrations.

Cummings, D.M.D., died Oct. 68 in Balticore. At the time of his death, he was serving his 13th term in the House of Representatives.

Amid nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after an encounter with Minneapolis police in May, treatment of blacks has been at the forefront of the nation’s political consciousness. For example, black employees are prone to resentment for mistaking a coworker.

For all intents and purposes, Capitol Hill is still another office, and the positions of senators are far from the first examples of Cummings and Louis confusing each other.

In late December, CBS News quoted Lewis as saying that Cummings had apologized for misrepresenting the film. In June 2019, Eric Shawn, a commentator for Fox News, apologized for confusing members of Congress, even though the Louis nameplate was on the news clip.

Louis took the mix-up at Struggle. In October, standing next to Cummings' portrait on the house floor, Louis paid tribute to his friend and talked about his service.

"Sometimes people confuse us and say 'hello, Elijah,' hello, John Lewis, '" he said. "And we joke about it, we laugh about it."

During April Fools' Day last year, Lewis jokingly announced that he would grow a beard for Cummings. He also thought about getting a tattoo on the back of his head, the official statement said.

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