Longtime Congressman from Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cumming (D-Md.) passed away Thursday morning at 68, due to complications over recent health problems.
In the wake of sudden news of his death, members of Congress and other politicians shared their condolences for the representative, whom many considered a friend and man of integrity.
Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina, who had a longtime friendship with Cummings, said he was “heartbroken” and that he would “miss him dearly.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) had kind words as well, calling him a “dedicated public servant and a good man.”
Hillary Clinton said that the nation lost a “giant.”
However, one politician’s kind words for Cummings rang hollow: President Donald Trump’s.
Trump sent his “warmest condolences to the family” of Cummings and tweeted that he got to see the “strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader” first-hand.
Which is a stark contrast to Trump’s words for Cummings over the summer. The president spent a whole week in July and August ripping into Cummings, calling him a “brutal bully,” saying his district was “disgusting,” and insinuated that he was corrupt.
Trump also called him racist and gloated when Cummings’ house was robbed in the midst of their one-sided online feud.
“Too bad!” he wrote.
The condolences were met with immediate pushback online.
Cummings headed up the House Oversight Committee, which when Democrats took power in January 2019, began investigating corruption within the Trump administration. This likely sparked the president’s ire.
Cummings was first elected to Congress in 1996, serving Baltimore for over 2o years.
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