The photo was quickly deleted and replaced, but not fast enough.
This morning, Rubio eulogized Lewis with a photo of himself standing with Elijah Cummings, the late Maryland congressman who died last year and is absolutely not John Lewis. Rubio even changed his avatar photo to the same screengrab with Cummings. Both were quickly deleted and replaced with photos of the actual John Lewis, but the internet was predictably swift in spotting the gaf, replying with a barrage of “wrong answer only” photos (mostly of Ted Cruz.) Others noted that after nearly two decades on The Hill, Rubio must have faced both congressmen hundreds of times, and his inability to distinguish one from the other is at least indicative of an indifference towards the Dems and their causes, and, at most, a sign of something deep-seated and structural.
Marco Rubio is honoring John Lewis by making his profile picture a photo of him with Elijah Cummings pic.twitter.com/NKa40nRAEr
— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) July 18, 2020
Rubio, of course, wasn’t the only GOP leader who botched a remembrance of Congress’ longstanding moral compass. After years of derailing legislation Lewis worked on, Senator Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, shared a statement on the congressman’s passing that was met with due skepticism. Twitter users slammed McConnell’s failure to pass any number of the bills either written or supported by Lewis that had been sent to the Senate only to remain in a stack of unactioned legislation. One of the more recent bills stuck in Senate purgatory is H.R. 4, an amendment to The Voting Rights Act of 1965 that sought to deter voter fraud and suppression by requiring federal approval of any change to a state’s voting procedures. House Dems are now pushing to pass the bill and name it in honor of the late congressman who almost died marching in Selma, the footage from which spurred the signing of the landmark civil rights legislation.
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
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 18, 2020