In a condolence tweet honoring late John Lewis, a U.S. Representative who died yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio used the wrong black congressman.
Just after 3 p.m. today, Rubio tweeted,
“It was an honor to know & be blessed with the opportunity to serve in Congress with John Lewis a genuine & historic American hero. May the Lord grant him eternal peace.”
Except he used a photo of himself with the late U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, another late black U.S. congressman who died in October of last year.
The tweet was quickly deleted (but not for this fast screen grabbers!) and Rubio changed his profile picture. Yashar Ali, a Huffington Post contributor, caught the mistake.
Shortly after Rubio deleted the tweet, he made another that read,
“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. May God grant him eternal rest.”
The fact that Rubio KNEW both of these fellow congressman and STILL mixed up the black guys who are not ironically both civil rights icons, is just beyond. I think they must both be rolling their eyes, looking down.
Read Stephen Rutledge’s tribute to the great man here.
(via Miami Herald)