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Sen. Marco Rubio Faces Backlash After Tweet Confusing John Lewis with Elijah Cummings

Republican Florida Sen. Mario Rubio received backlash over the weekend for posting a photo of himself with Rep. Elijah Cummings while including with it a tribute to Rep. John Lewis.

He later deleted the tweet and posted another second one, with a photo of himself and Lewis.

Lewis died on Friday at the age of 80, following a decades-long career as a congressman and civil rights icon.

60 Minutes’ “60 in 6” correspondent Wesley Lowery tweeted in response to Rubio’s original message:

“This is beyond parody,” wrote Jessy Han.

Additionally, Twitter users posted screenshots of the original message after Rubio deleted it, noting the delay in a change to the senator’s profile picture.

In acknowledging the mistake, Rubio did not offer an apology for it.

Cummings passed away in October of last year.