President Donald Trump offered his "warmest condolences" to the family of Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died at 68 -- but many had doubts about who wrote that message.
The president had frequently attacked Cummings, who commanded respect and admiration from Democrats and Republicans alike, and social media users had been waiting to see Trump's reaction to the Maryland Democrat's passing.
Trump extended a message to the lawmaker's family and friends, and said that Cummings' voice would be nearly impossible to replace.
"My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings," Trump tweeted. "I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!"
My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the s… https://t.co/IVXZYgOkyg— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1571316895.0
Other Twitter users expressed doubts that Trump wrote the tweet himself, and recalled some of the president's ugliest slurs and attacks against Cummings over the years.
Things Donald Trump writes: ✅his own doctor's note ✅rage-filled quasi-legal defenses against impeachment ✅insane 3… https://t.co/0pbBZDVAd2— Grudgie the Whale (@Grudgie the Whale)1571317329.0
@realDonaldTrump We know that Trump didn't write this. He is incapable of even fiegning compassion.— Tom Shafer (@Tom Shafer)1571317160.0
@realDonaldTrump still haven't learned that "warm condolences" isn't a thing that human beings say, have we— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1571317000.0
@realDonaldTrump Wonder who wrote this nice tweet for #Donald but not to worry @realDonaldTrump will screw it up later with nastiness— Hal Donahue (@Hal Donahue)1571317102.0
@realDonaldTrump Excellent tweet, straight from the heart... Well... someones heart, just not yours. Now, back to the whining and lying...— Tom Sawyer (@Tom Sawyer)1571317088.0
@realDonaldTrump Remember when you gloated about his house being robbed?— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)1571317106.0
@realDonaldTrump Thank you, White House staffer who penned this tweet.(We know that the hateful malevolent Racist-I… https://t.co/Enr9GsVkzQ— Liz (@Liz)1571317725.0
@realDonaldTrump You called his city "rat-infested" a few weeks ago. But okay.— Pé (@Pé)1571317604.0
@realDonaldTrump We all know you didn’t write this and don’t agree with one word of it. But I guess someone got to… https://t.co/4DLW1SY6Lw— DT Akatson (@DT Akatson)1571317952.0
@realDonaldTrump Ok Scavino you can hand Trump back the phone on the commode.— Kimmy Resist (@Kimmy Resist)1571317877.0
@realDonaldTrump Diplomatic and appropriate. Whoever composed and Tweeted this should have composed the letter to… https://t.co/RnlaZWLvi0— nancy cronvich (@nancy cronvich)1571317973.0
@realDonaldTrump Donald did not write this. It's grammatically correct, sincere, and devoid of narcissistic blather… https://t.co/MXPWeGnZrX— Escot McCloud (@Escot McCloud)1571317933.0
@realDonaldTrump This makes me really sad because I wish you really did write this and that we had a president who… https://t.co/9iuPtDlNsV— 🌊🌸Melissa wears a 😷 🇺🇸 (@🌊🌸Melissa wears a 😷 🇺🇸)1571317408.0