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

 
"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 John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals 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 JordanTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Booker, Merkley propose federal facial recognition moratorium Ex-Ohio State wrestler claims Jim Jordan asked him to deny abuse allegations 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 PelosiBottom Line Immigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE (D-Calif.) and former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDo Trump and Sanders hate America? Ex-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases The South Carolina Democratic primary will be decided by black women Do Trump and Sanders hate America? 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 PenceTrump trails Democratic challengers among Catholic voters: poll Sunday shows preview: 2020 candidates look to South Carolina The Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen MORE and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPennsylvania Democrat says US Attorney's Office should prioritize opioids rather than 'Russian propaganda' from Giuliani President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday 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."