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Politics: Two GOP senators post photos of Elijah Cummings instead of John Lewis

Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dies

  Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dies Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the renowned civil rights leader who served as a symbol of the movement throughout his more than three decades in Congress, died Friday at the age of 80.From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. on "Bloody Sunday," Lewis decisively carved a place for himself in the history books as a courageous young activist during the height of the civil rights movement. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

For the second time on Saturday, a Republican senator is apologizing for mistaking the late Rep. Elijah Cummings for Rep. John Lewis in a social media post.

John Lewis wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) prepares to pay his respects to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) who lies in state within Statuary Hall during a memorial ceremony on Capitol Hill on October 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images) © Melina Mara/Pool/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) prepares to pay his respects to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) who lies in state within Statuary Hall during a memorial ceremony on Capitol Hill on October 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images)

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan's office said they made a mistake after a Facebook post honoring Lewis, the late Georgia congressman, included a picture of Sullivan with Cummings, the Maryland congressman who died in October of 2019, in front of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

John Lewis, civil rights hero and ‘conscience of Congress,’ has died

  John Lewis, civil rights hero and ‘conscience of Congress,’ has died John Lewis, a civil rights icon who went on to a more than three-decade long career in Congress representing Atlanta as a Democrat, has died. He was 80 years old and was in treatment for pancreatic cancer. He enjoyed near-universal respect on Capitol Hill as a hero of the movement, which put in him the […] The post John Lewis, civil rights hero and ‘conscience of Congress,’ has died appeared first on Roll Call.

"Senator Sullivan's staff made a mistake trying to honor an American legend," a spokesperson for his office told CNN.

The post, which was shared by various users on Twitter, showed a screen grab of the Alaska senator's Facebook post in which he wrote, "It was an honor to have served alongside John for a small portion of his impressive career of service, and to have joined him at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture."

Displayed below was an image of Sullivan standing outside of the museum with Cummings, not Lewis. Sullivan's post has since been deleted. The Republican senator's Facebook page now includes a post with reference to a Washington Post article on the late Georgia congressman's death.

Marco Rubio confused Rep. John Lewis for another late black lawmaker in a tweet honoring the 'historic American hero'

  Marco Rubio confused Rep. John Lewis for another late black lawmaker in a tweet honoring the 'historic American hero' Marco Rubio shared a photo of himself with Elijah Cummings in a tweet about the death of John Lewis."It was an honor to know & be blessed with the opportunity to serve in Congress with JohnLewis a genuine & historic American hero. May the Lord grant him eternal peace," the Florida Republican wrote in a tweet Saturday afternoon.

The photo used in Saturday's initial post was included in a post in October acknowledging the death of Cummings.

Sullivan's gaffe followed that of Sen. Marco Rubio, who earlier in the day acknowledged tweeting an image that also mistook Cummings for Lewis. Rubio, a Republican from Florida, eventually deleted his post, replacing it with an image of Lewis and a tribute message.

"Earlier today I tweeted an incorrect photo. John Lewis was a genuine American hero. I was honored to appear together in Miami 3 years ago at an event captured in video below. My God grant him eternal rest," read Rubio's updated Saturday Twitter tribute.

Lewis died Friday night at the age of 80 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2019. The late congressman became involved in the civil rights movement at 15 years old, and served 17 terms in Congress since first being elected in 1986. Tributes to Lewis following reports of his death immediately started pouring in from politicians, world leaders and former presidents.

"He was a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed," read a statement Friday night issued by Lewis' family on his passing.

'I love you, brother.' Lawmakers remember Rep. John Lewis' friendship and advice .
Whenever Rep. Tony Cardenas spoke with Lewis, he'd say, “I love you, brother,” knowing that Lewis would say it back, “and with all his heart mean it."They marveled at the gentle spirit of the Democratic congressman from Georgia and wondered why the abuse he suffered as a civil rights leader hadn't made him bitter. Their own spirits were lifted as they marched with Lewis on the anniversaries of Bloody Sunday or watched him spend countless hours talking to young people about the lessons of the past and the work that still needs to be done.

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