Of all the things in the world that you don’t want to get wrong, a photo honoring a lost hero that happens to be the wrong photo of the hero, and instead is another black man, probably ranks at the top of the list. Misspelling the apology for that mistake is probably higher even than that.
Earlier in the day, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted his condolences over the death of Civil Rights icon and national treasure, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). In the photo accompanying the tweet, Rubio is posed next to Lewis in deep and thoughtful conversation. Except it wasn’t John Lewis. It was the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Apparently, all black men look the same to Sen. Rubio.
He quickly deleted the tweet, although not before plenty of Twitter users grabbed screenshots of the offensive post, and repost it with a photo of the actual John Lewis. In his second tweet, he couldn’t even be bothered to proofread or spell his sorrow over the man’s death correctly. “My God grant him peace” should read “may God grant him peace.” Who is writing Sen. Rubio’s tweets? Is it a case of an insensitive and ignorant aide or is Rubio really this offensive all on his own?
One thing’s for sure, none of this looks good for Rubio, the man who once thought he could be president of the United States. His indication that all black people look alike will not serve him well if he ever tries again.
Twitter was having none of his apology. Read some of their comments below:
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