On Saturday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted out a tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) — a universally beloved hero of the civil rights movement, and the last of the still-living "Big Six" civil rights marchers. He posted a picture of himself with what he apparently believed was Lewis and made it his profile picture.
There was just one problem: The congressman Rubio is talking to in the picture he tweeted out isn't John Lewis. It's Elijah Cummings, the former Baltimore congressman who chaired the House Oversight Committee and passed away last October.
[caption id="attachment_1646093" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image via Twitter.[/caption]
Rubio quickly deleted the tweet and swapped out his profile picture — but not before being buried in scorn and outrage for his mistake.
This is a photo of ... Elijah Cummings. https://t.co/pLUqpWjDmQ— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1595098930.0
@marcorubio Wait ‘til Marco figures out he posted a picture of himself with Rep. Elijah Cummings to pay tribute to… https://t.co/pKbxLJ4epQ— Happy Chichester (@Happy Chichester) 1595098469.0
Marco Rubio just “all black people look alike’d” John Lewis. How do you even make this mistake? https://t.co/1ab61rTuWE— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer) 1595099735.0
@marcorubio this is Elijah Cummings, dear.— “Celia” (@“Celia”) 1595098730.0
@marcorubio That’s not John Lewis. That’s Elijah Cummings. Delete your account at this point. Geezus.— 🌈VelvetHussyFruitKace💛 (@🌈VelvetHussyFruitKace💛) 1595098885.0
@marcorubio wow. you really are a fucking dumbass who has no business in the position you find yourself in. #ResignNow— CO Guy (@CO Guy) 1595098988.0
I'm going to tell my grandchildren this was Marco Rubio. https://t.co/BhPax35y9T— Leslie - 35 to 46. 🇺🇲 (@Leslie - 35 to 46. 🇺🇲) 1595099794.0
Have Marco Rubio and John Lewis ever been photographed together? As a Senate office panics, an internet search returns no clear answer.— southpaw (@southpaw) 1595099751.0
Here is Marco Rubio having a great time with Putin. Oh wait. Sorry my bad. I get confused. I mean... https://t.co/VEA5FL7zni— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali) 1595100069.0
There was a brief period a decade ago when many pundits claimed Marco Rubio would be the future of the GOP, and in… https://t.co/SknQSnCIfP— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈) 1595099942.0