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The social media accounts of two Republican senators, Marco Rubio of Florida and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, mistakenly posted photos of the late Congressman Elijah Cummings alongside comments intended to honor John Lewis.

The posts were quickly revised with photos of Lewis, the civil rights leader and lawmaker who died at the age of 80 on Friday.

Rubio acknowledged the mistake and posted a video of himself with Lewis.

“Earlier today I tweeted an incorrect photo,” he wrote. “John Lewis was a true American hero. I had the honor of appearing together in Miami three years ago at an event captured in the video below. May God grant him eternal rest.

Sullivan’s tribute to Lewis on Facebook included a photo of Sullivan and Cummings, a congressman from Maryland who died last year, at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The revised tribute omitted to refer to the museum and the photo was replaced with a photo of Lewis alone. The changes were made without comment. In response to an email, Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson wrote: “Senator Sullivan’s staff made a mistake in trying to honor an American legend.”

Lewis represented a district of Atlanta from 1987 until his death. Cummings, another civil rights activist who won 12 congressional mandates representing a district of Maryland, died last October at the age of 68.


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