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.
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 (@shannonrwatts) July 18, 2020
Wait ‘til Marco figures out he posted a picture of himself with Rep. Elijah Cummings to pay tribute to Rep. John Lewis. pic.twitter.com/kLDMM9q7N7
— Happy Chichester (@HappyChichester) July 18, 2020
Marco Rubio just “all black people look alike’d” John Lewis.
How do you even make this mistake? pic.twitter.com/1ab61rTuWE
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) July 18, 2020
this is Elijah Cummings, dear.
— “Celia” (@_celia_bedelia_) July 18, 2020
That’s not John Lewis. That’s Elijah Cummings. Delete your account at this point. Geezus.
— FruitKaceOfTheRadicalLesbianVillageMob (@FruitKace) July 18, 2020
wow. you really are a fucking dumbass who has no business in the position you find yourself in. #ResignNow
— CO Guy (@rockymtn67) July 18, 2020
You stupid racist POS. That is Elijah Cummings not John Lewis.
— Ralf ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@Ralfoo7) July 18, 2020
Now post a photo of you and John Lewis.
— (@JbarGarden) July 18, 2020
In an effort to save you from further embarrassment, I just want to let you know that this also isn’t John Lewis. pic.twitter.com/BtY7TBXG3w
— Jon Zal (@OfficialJonZal) July 18, 2020
I’m going to tell my grandchildren this was Marco Rubio. pic.twitter.com/BhPax35y9T
— Good Trouble ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@Leslieoo7) July 18, 2020
Have Marco Rubio and John Lewis ever been photographed together? As a Senate office panics, an internet search returns no clear answer.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 18, 2020
Here is Marco Rubio having a great time with Putin.
Oh wait. Sorry my bad. I get confused. I mean… pic.twitter.com/VEA5FL7zni
— Wajahat “Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic” Ali (@WajahatAli) July 18, 2020
There was a brief period a decade ago when many pundits claimed Marco Rubio would be the future of the GOP, and in a way, they weren’t wrong at all.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) July 18, 2020