Hillary Clinton Urges Defense of Democracy at Cummings’s Funeral

Comparing the congressman to a biblical prophet, the extinct secretary of say said Elijah Cummings “stood against the imperfect leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.”


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In her remarks at the funeral for Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Hillary Clinton honored him as a fighter for democracy.CreditCredit…Justin T. Gellerson for The New York Times

Liam Stack

Talking at the funeral of Representative Elijah E. Cummings, extinct President Invoice Clinton and Hillary Clinton, the extinct secretary of say, provided a forceful protection of democracy and when in contrast the slack congressman, a scamper-setter in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, to the prophet Elijah.

“Indulge in that Feeble Testament prophet, he stood against the imperfect leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel,” Mrs. Clinton said, to a notify of applause from the congregation. “And he looked out for the vulnerable among us. He lifted up the next skills of leaders. And he even worked just a few miracles.”

Mr. Cummings, a Maryland Democrat who changed into serving his 13th term in the House of Representatives, died closing week in Baltimore at 68. As chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, he earned the ire of Mr. Trump for his make stronger of impeachment and investigations into the president’s funds.

Mr. Trump did no longer abet the funeral.

Even from his health heart bed, Mr. Cummings changed into said to be becoming a member of impeachment device discussions with colleagues. Mrs. Clinton alluded to that option, even in his final days, in her remarks on Friday.

“Toward the end of his life, he said, ‘I am begging the American members to hear to what’s happening, because even as you capture to want to hold a democracy intact on your kids, and your kids’s kids, and generations yet unborn, we hold obtained to present protection to this moment,’” she said. “‘Right here’s our explore.’”

She added: “‘After we’re dancing with the angels, the ask will seemingly be asked,’ he said, ‘In 2019, what did we attain to make sure we kept our democracy intact?’”

Mr. Cummings’s body lay in say in the Capitol on Thursday, where he changed into praised by lawmakers from both events. It appears to be like he is the principle African-American lawmaker to receive that honor.


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Mr. Clinton pointed to Mr. Cummings’s bipartisan friendships as proof of his dedication to a free and various society.

“No topic how laborious he fought or how passionately he argued, he tried to treat all americans the manner he wished to be handled,” Mr. Clinton said. “The manner he idea People ought to be handled. You would possibly possibly presumably well per chance presumably’t drag a free society even as you hold to despise all americans you disagree with.”

As effectively as to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, other prominent politicians who spoke at his funeral were extinct President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and presidential candidate.

“Elijah wrote his funeral program and decided who he wished to attain what,” Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, the pastor, said after Ms. Warren and Representative Marcia Fudge, Democrat of Ohio, learn from the Bible. “Just a few of you would possibly possibly presumably well per chance also be questioning why you would possibly possibly presumably well per chance very effectively be no longer doing anything else, so I wished to present you clarity.”

The funeral changed into held at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, where Mr. Cummings would possibly possibly presumably well per chance on the total be considered seated in the front row on Sundays. The church seats 4,000 members, but changed into expected to attract some distance more for the funeral on Friday.

“I love this man,” Mr. Clinton said, gesturing toward the coffin. “I loved every minute I ever spent with him, every dialog I ever had with him. I loved his booming affirm. But we would possibly possibly presumably well mute hear him now at the light instances of evening, when we salvage timorous, and we salvage unhappy, and we don’t know if we can imagine anymore.”

Yet all yet again relating to the fable of the prophet Elijah, Mr. Clinton said People would possibly possibly presumably well mute be aware Mr. Cummings as “a mute, little affirm that keeps us going, keeps us grateful, keeps us cheerful and keeps us transferring.”

Mr. Cummings changed into raised in Baltimore by of us who were extinct sharecroppers in South Carolina. He graduated from Howard University in Washington, earned a law level at the University of Maryland and changed into first elected to Congress in 1996.

Mr. Cummings extinct his vitality as the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to mount muscular investigations of the Trump administration.

In the previous twelve months, Mr. Cummings issued subpoenas for Mr. Trump’s financial records (the president sued him in response) and summoned the president’s extinct attorney, Michael D. Cohen, to testify about hush cash funds to girls folks who claimed to hold had an affair with Mr. Trump.

In an interview with The New York Times in Can also simply, Mr. Cummings urged the president to commit his life to public provider.

“I have to ship a message that we hold one life to stay, Mr. President,” he spoke back. “Right here’s no dress rehearsal. And that the American members simply have to stay their lives with out effort of their leaders. And we, as leaders, hold an duty and a accountability to retain our promise to them when we ran for place of living of job and acquired — and that is to form their lives higher. Whereas we’re all on this earth, that’s my message.”

After his first election, he never faced a excessive predominant or total election scenario. He changed into revered in his district, and broadly respected on Capitol Hill, for his integrity and honest imaginative and prescient, which Mrs. Clinton alluded to in her remarks. She known as him “a fierce champion for truth, justice and kindness in every phase of his life.”

“His integrity and personality, his can-attain spirit, made him a guiding light in the Congress,” she said. “He pushed abet against the abuse of vitality. He changed into unwavering in his protection of our democracy. He had dinky tolerance for these that set celebration ahead of country or partisanship above truth.”