Hillary Clinton on Elijah Cummings: “Like the prophet, our Elijah could call down fire from heaven—but he also prayed and worked for healing…
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The remark appeared to be a veiled shot at President Trump, who defeated Clinton, the Democratic nominee, in the 2016 presidential race.
Clinton praised Cummings, who served as Oversight committee chairman until his death on Oct. 17, as a “guiding light” in Congress.
“He liked to remind all of us that you can’t get so caught up in who you are fighting that you forget what you are fighting for,” Clinton said.
“Like the prophet, our Elijah could call down fire from heaven. But he also prayed and worked for healing. He weathered storms and earthquakes, but never lost his faith,” she said.
The prophet Elijah, in Biblical accounts, clashed with Jezebel and Ahab over their interference in worshipping the Hebrew god, Yahweh.
Pelosi praised Cummings as a “master of the House” who was also “the mentor of the House.”
“All members – whether new or not – benefitted from the generosity of his spirit,” Pelosi said.
The day before, Cummings became the first African American lawmaker to lie in state in the Capitol. Lawmakers held a memorial service in Statuary Hall, the old House chamber, before his casket was moved right outside the current House chamber for a public viewing. Cummings’s casket was placed in front of the main door to the chamber, which was opened to offer a view of the dais.
“Elijah often said his philosophy was simple: Do something. Go out and do something,” Clinton said. “I think that remains his challenge to each of us. As he said, even if it seems small, there’s usually something you can do if you are looking for it.”