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 LewisHillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Underwood takes over as chair of House cybersecurity panel Trump to pay respects to Ginsburg at Supreme Court 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 PelosiDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' Overnight Health Care: New wave of COVID-19 cases builds in US | Florida to lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, bars | Trump stirs questions with 0 drug coupon plan Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds 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.


.@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 CollinsDemocrats ramp up pressure on Lieberman to drop out of Georgia Senate race The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements GOP, Democrats look to galvanize women with SCOTUS fight 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 OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted.

Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEnding the Hyde Amendment is no longer on the backburner Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' 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 JeffriesDemocratic leaders: Supreme Court fight is about ObamaCare Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief Races heat up for House leadership posts 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.”


.@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 SchiffSchiff to subpoena top DHS official, alleges whistleblower deposition is being stonewalled Schiff claims DHS is blocking whistleblower's access to records before testimony GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted.  

Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerJoe Biden has long forgotten North Carolina: Today's visit is too late Mike Johnson to run for vice chairman of House GOP conference The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Woodward book revelations rock Washington 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 ScaliseGinsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol House GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections 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 IsaksonDemocrats ramp up pressure on Lieberman to drop out of Georgia Senate race Obama endorses Warnock in crowded Georgia Senate race Lobbying world 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.