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 LewisPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act MORE (D-Ga.), who turned 79 on Thursday.


Freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar'SNL' mocks Jeannine Pirro's support of Trump: 'He is the Michael Jordan of presidents' Omar introduces bill sanctioning Brunei over anti-homosexuality law GOP launches anti-BDS discharge petition 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 HarrisButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Buttigieg condemns 'voices on Fox' for spreading 'fear' and 'lies' ahead of town hall appearance 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 PressleyTlaib blasts arrests of pro-impeachment protesters on Capitol Hill Let's vow that no mom should die giving life Booker, Ayanna Pressley introduce bill taking aim at black maternal death rates MORE (D-Mass.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Warren offers to help Twitter user with her love life MORE (D-Mass.), another 2020 candidate.