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18 Jul, 2020 20:16

All black guys look alike? Marco Rubio pays tribute to civil rights leader John Lewis...by posting picture of Elijah Cummings

All black guys look alike? Marco Rubio pays tribute to civil rights leader John Lewis...by posting picture of Elijah Cummings

Florida Senator Marco Rubio was among many in Washington paying tribute to Rep. John Lewis. However, Rubio posted a picture of himself alongside the late Elijah Cummings, another civil rights leader who shares Lewis’ skin color.

Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, passed away on Saturday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. As news of his death spread, lawmakers and public figures in Washington paid tribute to the longtime civil rights champion, who’d marched alongside Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama in 1965, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

READ MORE: Rep. John Lewis, iconic civil rights leader, dead at 80

Rubio joined in, writing on Twitter that “it was an honor to know & be blessed with the opportunity to serve in Congress with John Lewis a genuine & historic American hero.” Rubio accompanied his tweet with a photo of the two sharing a conversation, except the man pictured wasn’t Lewis. Instead it was Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, another black Democrat and civil rights activist, who’d died last October.

Rubio even made the photo his profile picture, before deleting both as soon as the criticism rolled in.

“I know ALL BLACK PEOPLE LOOK ALIKE,” one black commenter tweeted, “but someone tell Rubio this is not John Lewis but Elijah Cummings.” His gaffe, another wrote, “is the most on-brand Republican thing ever.”

Some commenters were outraged, but others took the moment as an opportunity to laugh at the Florida Republican with a series of inaccurate photos.

Rubio acknowledged his “incorrect photo” in a follow-up tweet. This time, the lawmaker tweeted a shot of himself beside the real, actual John Lewis at an event in Miami. Rubio again made the photo his profile picture, and even included a link to a video of the event in question.

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