Dems wish civil rights icon John Lewis happy birthday: 'We are stronger because of you'

Top Democrats took to Twitter to send happy birthday wishes to civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn Lewis Civil rights icon John Lewis after New Zealand mosque attacks: 'We cannot sow seeds of hatred' Why are Trump and Congress avoiding comprehensive immigration reform? Together, we carry on the age-old struggle for justice for all MORE (D-Ga.), who turned 79 on Thursday.


Freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAlan Dershowitz: In defense of Chelsea Clinton Hateful words demand stronger response from Congress, President Trump Omar: Peace only achievable when we 'apply our universal values to all nations' MORE (D-Minn.) shared a video of Lewis and other lawmakers dancing to Pharrell’s “Happy” at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting in her message to the veteran lawmaker.

“Happy birthday ⁦[Rep. John Lewis]⁩, looking forward to making #goodtrouble with you for years to come!” Omar wrote.


Others also used the hashtag “#GoodTrouble” to honor Lewis, who has urged activists to get into “good trouble, necessary trouble” to push for social change in the U.S.

Lewis, who has served in Congress since 1986, famously marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., and has been repeatedly honored for his civil rights leadership. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President Obama.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina O'Rourke sees 'a lot of wisdom' in abolishing Electoral College MORE (D-Calif.), who is running for president in 2020, shared a photo of her and Lewis marching together in Selma to mark the 53rd anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" Selma march in 1965.

“Want to take a moment to celebrate a Civil Rights icon on his day,” she wrote. “[Rep. John Lewis] we are stronger because of you. Happy Birthday!!!”


Others sending the longtime Democrat birthday wishes included Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBeto could give Biden and Bernie a run for their money Pelosi says she backs lowering voting age to 16 America has a democracy problem MORE (D-Mass.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery GOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Warren introduces petition to end the Electoral College MORE (D-Mass.), another 2020 candidate.