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
Courtesy of CNN:
For the second time on Saturday, a Republican senator is apologizing for mistaking the late Rep. Elijah Cummings for Rep. John Lewis in a social media post.
Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan’s office said they made a mistake after a Facebook post honoring Lewis, the late Georgia congressman, included a picture of Sullivan with Cummings, the Maryland congressman who died in October of 2019, in front of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“Senator Sullivan’s staff made a mistake trying to honor an American legend,” a spokesperson for his office told CNN.
The post, which was shared by various users on Twitter, showed a screen grab of the Alaska senator’s Facebook post in which he wrote, “It was an honor to have served alongside John for a small portion of his impressive career of service, and to have joined him at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.”
Displayed below was an image of Sullivan standing outside of the museum with Cummings, not Lewis. Sullivan’s post has since been deleted. The Republican senator’s Facebook page now includes a post with reference to a Washington Post article on the late Georgia congressman’s death.
The photo used in Saturday’s initial post was included in a post in October acknowledging the death of Cummings.
Sullivan’s gaffe followed that of Sen. Marco Rubio, who earlier in the day acknowledged tweeting an image that also mistook Cummings for Lewis. Rubio, a Republican from Florida, eventually deleted his post, replacing it with an image of Lewis and a tribute message.
“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. My God grant him eternal rest,” read Rubio’s updated Saturday Twitter tribute.
Well as an Alaskan I’m embarrassed.
And I imagine there are Floridians embarrassed about Rubio’s gaffe as well.
But to be REALLY embarrassed you would have to be a member of the same party that allowed these two idiots to represent them in Washington.