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Marco Rubio makes an embarrassingly racist mistake in his tribute to John Lewis

Marco Rubio makes an embarrassingly racist mistake in his tribute to John Lewis

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The death of 80-year-old Representative John Lewis (D-GA) last night has brought a well-deserved outpouring of tributes and condolences from those who knew and worked with the civil rights icon throughout his career.

Especially in this time of racial strife and BLM marches across the country, even the most diametrically opposed political foes of Congressman Lewis are falling over themselves to add their token acclaim for the long and productive life that the late warrior for social justice successfully navigated.

Only Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), however, was thoughtless enough to personify the racist trope that — to white people — all Black folks look alike.

Senator Rubio’s tweet wishing Congressman Lewis “eternal peace” was horribly marred by the inclusion of what the senator or perhaps his congressional staff thought was a picture of Rubio with the late civil rights leader.

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The post would have been a poignant and appropriately respectful tribute to one of the senator’s legislative colleagues had the man in the picture actually been John Lewis.

The fact that the post has now been deleted tells you how mortified Rubio must now be after discovering that he had posted a picture of himself with another African-American legislator who has passed into the great beyond, the late Representative Elijah Cummings, who died last October.

The fact that Rubio decided to replace his regular profile picture with the shot of Congressman Cummings and himself compounded the reputational damage significantly.

You know as well as Rubio and his political team that Twitter will never let him forget the major gaffe.

Rubio or someone on his staff finally realized the mistake and found an actual picture of the senator with the man whom he had initially intended to laud.

He posted the new shot with an admission of the earlier mistake, but tellingly without an explanation or apology for the initial mixup.

Whatever the reason for the excruciatingly embarrassing boner of a mistake on Rubio’s part, you can be sure that the denizens of social media will never let him live it down, and deservedly so.

Follow Vinnie Longobardo on Twitter.

Original reporting by Matthew Chapman at RawStory.

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