Republicans, Democrats offer support after John Lewis cancer diagnosis

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are sending messages of support to Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocratic lawmakers: 'Completely irresponsible' for IRS to demand essential workers provide own PPE Joe Biden must pick a progressive black woman as VP if he wants to win The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic MORE (D-Ga.) after the civil rights icon revealed on Sunday that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

.@RepJohnLewis, we are all praying for you following this diagnosis. John, know that generations of Americans have you in their thoughts & prayers as you face this fight. We are all praying that you are comfortable,” House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWomen suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Crowds return during Memorial Day weekend Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted on Sunday. “We know that you will be well.”

A number of Republicans also took to Twitter to send words of encouragement to the congressman after he announced his cancer diagnosis.

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.@repjohnlewis is a hero to Georgians and all Americans, including me. My respect and prayers are with this fighter as he faces a new battle,” Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler says she won't drop out of Georgia Senate race after stock trade controversy Kelly Loeffler's husband donates million to pro-Trump group Poll: Trump and Biden running neck and neck in Georgia MORE (R-Ga.) tweeted.

The outpouring included members of both parties.

“John Lewis is a giant—an icon of the civil rights movement, a leader in Congress and one of the kindest people I know. I’m praying for a speedy and full recovery. We need you making good trouble in the halls of Congress!” Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic Ocasio-Cortez endorses progressive Democrat in Georgia congressional primary MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted.

Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOvernight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Trump takes his 'ready to reopen' mantra on the road MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted a video of her and Lewis dancing to “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire, writing: “I know we have many, many dances & endeavors in good trouble to come. Covering you in prayer as you take on this fight.”

“Deeply saddened by news that @RepJohnLewis has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Champion. Hero. Legend,” Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesTara Reade's attorney asks Biden to authorize search of his Senate papers Tara Reade represented by well-known lawyer, Trump campaign donor Pelosi seeks to wrangle caucus behind next COVID-19 bill MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted. “Mr. Lewis has always been there to fight for America. America must now be there to pray for and stand with him during this time of need.”

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.@RepJohnLewis has always fought for what he believes in. And now more than ever, America needs his unparalleled commitment to build a more just and equitable future. He will fight this. He will beat this. His fight is not done,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGrenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts Democrats call for probe into ouster of State Dept. watchdog GOP lawmakers say they don't want to put Steve King back on committees MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted.  

Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerJohn Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America NCAA backs plan to allow college athletes to cash in on name, image and likeness House GOP lawmakers urge Senate to confirm Vought MORE (R-N.C.) joined other members from the opposite side of the aisle in offering support.

He shared a photo of him and the civil rights icon at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the site of “Bloody Sunday” in 1965.

“John Lewis has crossed many tough bridges in his life. He's never backed down from a fight, always standing firm & with resolve,” Walker wrote. “It was one of the greatest honors of my life to walk by his side across this bridge, & I will do the same as he crosses his next. Prayers, my friend.”

"I join the nation in praying for my colleague @RepJohnLewis. John has never backed down from a fight, and I know he will battle cancer with the same courage and toughness he has always demonstrated," House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes Pelosi makes fans as Democrat who gets under Trump's skin Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy MORE (R-La.) tweeted.

"Praying for my friend, @repjohnlewis as he begins his fight against cancer. They don’t make them stronger or braver, and I’m confident he will take on this challenge as he has every other he’s faced: with courage and determination fueled by his strong faith," Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler says she won't drop out of Georgia Senate race after stock trade controversy Kelly Loeffler's husband donates million to pro-Trump group Poll shows tight races for president, Senate in Georgia MORE (R-Ga.) also tweeted.

Other prominent political figures offering support included former President Obama.

Lewis said in a statement that while he is "clear-eyed" about the prognosis, doctors have told him that recent medical advances have made the type of cancer he suffers from "treatable in many cases" and added that he has "a fighting chance."

He also said that he plans to return to Washington in the coming days to continue his work in Congress and also begin a treatment plan, which he added “will occur over the next several weeks.”

Lewis was first elected to Congress in 1986. He rose to national prominence before his election as a civil rights leader for his work as a freedom fighter and for famously marching alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the March on Washington in 1963.