Marco Rubio and Dan Sullivan were each trying to honor Mr. Lewis on social media when they mistakenly posted photos of Mr. Cummings, a Black congressman who died in October.
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A cross-section of influential lawmakers paid respects to the civil rights icon before his body was...A cross-section of influential lawmakers paid respects to the civil rights icon before his body was moved outside so the public could honor him.
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Marco Rubio confused Rep. John Lewis for another late black lawmaker in a tweet honoring the 'historic American hero'
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Saturday in a since-deleted tweet shared a photo of himself with...Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Saturday in a since-deleted tweet shared a photo of himself with the late Rep. Elijah Cummings when honoring Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday. The two lawmakers had frequently been confused for one another during their lifetimes, so much so that Lewis in 2019 joked he would grow a beard to differentiate himself from Cummings. Lewis, a civil rights icon, died Friday at the age of 80 after a bout with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Saturday in a tweet shared his thoughts about the death of civil rights icon, Georgia Rep. John Lewis who died Friday after a bout with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. "It was an honor to know & be blessed with the opportunity to serve in Congress with JohnLewis a genuine & historic American hero. May the Lord grant him eternal peace," the Florida Republican wrote in a tweet Saturday afternoon. But as many on Twitter were quick to point out, the picture the Florida senator shared did not show him with Lewis, but instead with another late Black lawmaker — Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings who died unexpectedly in October 2019 at the age of 68. The photo was even briefly Rubio's profile image on Twitter before it along with his tweet disappeared. Rubio's apparent flub was not the first time that the two late congressmen had been confused for one another. The two African American legislators had been mistaken for each other so much that in an April 2019 press release, Lewis wrote that he was considering growing a beard to set him apart from his colleague from Maryland. In a follow-up tweet, Rubio acknowledged he "tweeted an incorrect photo" and shared what appears to be a screenshot image of himself with Lewis from 2017 appearance in Miami. Earlier today I tweeted an incorrect photo John Lewis was a genuine American heroI was honored to appear together in Miami 3 years ago at an event captured in video belowMy God grant him eternal resthttps://t.co/aEm4MxKxBP pic.twitter.com/0UpWSG3vNQ — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 18, 2020 "Just this weekend, I went to church in Maryland," Lewis said in a statement last year. "Someone came up to me and said, 'Hi, Mr. Cummings! I vote for you all the time.' I just said thank you. What else could I say? That's when I decided, I should just grow a beard." Lewis in the statement suggested the comparisons were because both African American lawmakers were bald, calling such mistakes "baldist." Media outlets from CBS News to Fox News have also previously confused the two lawmakers. Earlier this year, CBS News showed a photo of Cummings, who had already died, during a segment on "CBS Evening News" about Lewis' cancer diagnosis. "People stop me all the time and tell me they're from Maryland," Lewis wrote in the April 2019 statement. "I'm John Lewis, from Georgia. Rep. Cummings is a good friend of mine, but we're not the same person. "I considered getting a tattoo on the back of my head, just to clear things up. I tried to convince Elijah to get one too, but that didn't go over so well. Read more: More than 398,000 people have now signed a petition to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis President Obama mourns the death of longtime civil rights leader John Lewis: 'We now all have our marching orders' Rep. John Lewis, civil rights icon, was a powerful voice against war with Iraq Nancy Pelosi, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and more mourn the death of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, who died at 80Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet