Marco Rubio mixes up John Lewis and fellow late Black lawmaker Elijah Cummings in tweet

Sen. Marco Rubio tried to pay tribute to the late John Lewis Saturday — by posting a photo of Elijah Cummings.

In an embarrassing mix up, Rubio, R-Fla., posted the photo of himself with Cummings, a Black civil rights leader like Lewis.

The Baltimore lawmaker died last October at age 68. Lewis did Friday at 80.

“John Lewis (was) a genuine & historic American hero,” Rubio wrote in a message along with the incorrect photo. “May the Lord grant him eternal peace.”

Rubio deleted the tweet after commentators on Twitter pointed out the mistake. He later posted a photo of himself with Lewis.

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, made the same blunder later Saturday. He is up for reelection in November in a race that a recent poll has shown is tighter than expected as Republicans struggle against headwinds caused by President Donald Trump’s unpopularity.


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