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Two Republican Senators Post Photos Of Elijah Cummings While Honoring John Lewis

This weekend, the U.S. lost one of the greatest Civil Rights icons in history. Rep. John Lewis died July 17, 2020, and tributes poured out for the long-running congressman.

Congressman John Lewis leaves behind a legacy of racial justice and activism for civil rights.

Rep. Lewis was a major leader in the Civil Rights movement in 1960s Alabama. On March 7, 1965, Lewis led a group of people marching to Montgomery, the Alabama capital, in order to vote. As the group tried crossing the bridge, state troopers attacked the protesters. Lewis sustained a cracked skull during that attack. Every year after, Lewis crossed that bridge on the anniversary to commemorate the fight.

Tributes poured in on social media praising the congressman’s legacy of fighting for justice.

Rep. Lewis was relentless in his fight for justice and for racial equality. He was arrested several times throughout his life while fighting the injustices he wanted to change in this country. The activism eventually led him to a life of politics. The 80-year-old politician was first elected to Georgia’s 5th congressional district in 1987 and he served his district until his death.

On the eve of his death, the Supreme Court announced a decision that barred 1 million former felons from having their right to vote restored. This was something for which Rep. Lewis started with his fight for justice. He fought for the right of people to vote and would always remind people of their duty to vote in honor of those who fought for the right. The decision was a reminder that his fight was not over.

“There is no person more associated with the sacred right to vote in our lifetime than John Lewis,” Michigan Representative Dan Kildee told the Atlanta Journal Consitution. “To be able to execute his vote — to cast his vote for him — is an honor I will be able to keep with me until the day I die.”

Kildee was chosen by Rep. Lewis to cast his votes for him while he was in hospice. Rep. Lewis was ill from pancreatic cancer during his last days serving the people of Georgia’s 5th congressional district.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio offered his condolences but used the wrong picture.

Rep. Elijah Cummings died in October 2019 of complications from health issues. People are stunned that Sen. Rubio, who has worked with both Cummings and Lews in the past, would mix the two up.

The very uncomfortable mix up was exacerbated when Senator Dan Sullivan made the same mistake.

That’s right. Two senators made the mistake of posting a photo of themselves with Rep. Elijah Cummings. Rep. Lewis knew very well that this confusion was a long-running issue and made jokes about it in the past. On April 1, 2019, Rep. Lewis released a statement on how he was going to start ming sure people can tell them apart: a beard or head tattoo.

“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.,” reads Rep. Lewis’s statement. “I guess being mistaken does have its advantages, though. Elijah’s younger than me, so I guess being mistaken for him is kind of a compliment. Maybe one day when I have a schedule conflict, I’ll see if he wouldn’t mind sitting in a hearing for me. You think anybody would notice?”

Sen. Rubio eventually tweeted the correct image but not before the damage was done.

The tweet corrects the mistake but is a little too late considering the speed of screengrabs. At least he did take the steps to change the tweet and admit that he did post the wrong image.

Of course, people took the time to turn the narrative and misidentified both Sullivan and Rubio.

Those are fellow Republican senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas. The mix up is an embarrassing reminder of the racial microaggressions still alive and well today. The moment has reminded people of the trope that all Black people look alike and that is something we are hyperaware of in the current political atmosphere and cultural shift.

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been sworn in as the 46th president and the 49th vice president of the United States of America. The new administration has been sworn in and the inauguration was a beautiful representation of America with people of color and women taking center stage.

Lady Gaga kicked off the 59th inauguration by singing the national anthem.

In 2017, Lady Gaga famously participated in the Women’s March the day after former President Trump’s inauguration. Four years later, the singer proudly took to the Capitol to usher in the beginning of the Biden/Harris administration. Dressed in custom Schiaparelli, Lady Gaga performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and left people speechless.

Vice President Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This was a special moment. The first Latina to ever serve on the Supreme Court was the one to swear in the first woman, first Black, and first South Asian vice president. It was a historical moment that will forever change the United States.

Justice Sotomayor has made a name for herself in American pop culture because of her blistering dissents. As the first Latina on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor opened possibilities for Latinas. We basically watched one icon swear in another icon and it is everything.

The most exciting moment of the inauguration might have been Jennifer Lopez and her remix of an American classic.

Lopez sang “This Land Is Your Land” but added a special twist. During the song, Lopez stops and says, “Una nacion, bajo de dios, indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos.” Translated, she said, “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” That’s right. The Puerto Rican pop superstar used her moment at the nation’s Capitol building to give a shout out to all the Latinos who call the U.S. home.

Of course, the most iconic moment was J.Lo shouting “Let’s get loud.”

We all know that song. We are all singing it now after reading those three words. It was truly one of the most impactful moments of her performance. Only an icon could turn “This Land is Your Land” into a greatest hits medley. We are all better for having witnessed it.

However, it was 22-year-old Amanda Gorman that stole the entire show.

The Youth Poet Laureate was chosen to speak at the inauguration and she youngest inaugural poet of all time. She joins the impressive ranks of Maya Angelou, Richard Blanco, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poem, written right after the Capitol riot. It was relevant, poignant, and moving.

“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.”

And, of course, Joseph Robinette Biden became the 46th president of the United States of America.

“Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now. A once-in-a-century virus that silently stalks the country,” President Biden said. “It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed. A cry for racial justice, some four hundred years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

“The cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, unity.”

Welcome to the White House President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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