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Clinton memorializes Cummings for standing 'against corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel'

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE praised Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: AstraZeneca may have included outdated data on vaccine trial, officials say | Pelosi says drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package | Biden administration extends special ObamaCare enrollment until August Pelosi: Drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package Bottom line MORE (D-Md.) as someone who lived up to his Old Testament name by standing up against the "corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel," a line that drew heavy applause at Friday's memorial service for the late lawmaker. 
 
"It is no coincidence, is it, that Elijah Cummings shared a name with an Old Testament prophet, whose name meant in Hebrew 'the lord is my god.' And who used the power and the wisdom that God gave him to uphold the moral law that all people are subject to," the former secretary of State said in her remarks eulogizing Cummings at the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore.
 
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"Like that Old Testament prophet, he stood against corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel," Clinton said, drawing roaring applause and laughter from the crowd.

 

The remark appeared to be a veiled shot at President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE, who defeated Clinton, the Democratic nominee, in the 2016 presidential race. 

Not everyone in the crowd found the comparison amusing, however: Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRepublicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld Facebook board decision on Trump ban pleases no one Five takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks MORE (Ohio), the ranking Republican on the Oversight and Reform Committee and top Trump ally, sat unsmiling as Democrats around him applauded appreciatively.

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.  

A who's who of top Democratic leaders were slated to speak at the funeral for Cummings, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Pelosi mocks House GOP looking for 'non-threatening female' to replace Liz Cheney Caitlyn Jenner: California needs a 'thoughtful disruptor' MORE (D-Calif.) and former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonNever underestimate Joe Biden Joe Biden demonstrates public health approach will solve America's ills McAuliffe rising again in Virginia MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCensus results show White House doubling down on failure Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Never underestimate Joe Biden MORE.

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.

Thousands of people, including Trump administration officials like Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceMcConnell sidesteps Cheney-Trump drama Trump rips Cheney, McConnell, Pence over 2020 election DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal Judge orders release of Trump obstruction memo, accuses Barr of deception MORE, came to pay their respects as Cummings laid in state.

"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."