- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Saturday in a due to the fact-deleted tweet shared a picture of himself with the late Rep. Elijah Cummings when honoring Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday.
- The two lawmakers had usually been puzzled for 1 one more during their lifetimes, so much so that Lewis in 2019 joked he would increase a beard to differentiate hinself from Cummings.
- Lewis, a civil rights icon, died Friday at the age of 80 after a bout with Phase IV pancreatic most cancers.
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Saturday in a tweet shared his ideas about the death of civil rights icon, Georgia Rep. John Lewis who died Friday after a bout with Stage IV pancreatic most cancers.
“It was an honor to know & be blessed with the option to provide in Congress with JohnLewis a authentic & historic American hero. Could the Lord grant him everlasting peace,” the Florida Republican wrote in a tweet Saturday afternoon.
But as a lot of on Twitter were being speedy to place out, the photo the Florida senator shared did not show him with Lewis, but alternatively with yet another late Black lawmaker — Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings who died unexpectedly in Oct 2019 at the age of 68.
The photo was even briefly Rubio’s profile image on Twitter before it alongside with his tweet disappeared.
Rubio’s clear flub was not the initial time that the two late congressmen had been perplexed for one particular an additional. The two African American legislators had been mistaken for each and every other so substantially that in an April 2019 press release, Lewis wrote that he was contemplating escalating a beard to set him apart from his colleague from Maryland.
In a adhere to-up tweet, Rubio acknowledged he “tweeted an incorrect photo” and shared what seems to be a screenshot graphic of himself with Lewis from 2017 visual appearance in Miami.
—Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 18, 2020
“Just this weekend, I went to church in Maryland,” Lewis reported in a assertion final year. “A person came up to me and mentioned, ‘Hi, Mr. Cummings! I vote for you all the time.’ I just explained thank you. What else could I say? That’s when I resolved, I should just develop a beard.”
Lewis in the statement instructed the comparisons have been for the reason that the two African American lawmakers were being bald, calling this sort of problems “baldist.”
Media retailers from CBS News to Fox News have also earlier bewildered the two lawmakers. Before this yr, CBS News confirmed a photograph of Cummings, who experienced previously died, all through a segment on “CBS Night News” about Lewis’ most cancers diagnosis.
“People quit me all the time and explain to me they’re from Maryland,” Lewis wrote in the April 2019 assertion. “I am John Lewis, from Ga. Rep. Cummings is a fantastic good friend of mine, but we are not the same individual.
“I regarded as receiving a tattoo on the again of my head, just to very clear issues up. I experimented with to influence Elijah to get a person also, but that failed to go about so nicely.