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‘A giant of integrity and knowledge has fallen’: Washington reacts to the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings

Democrats remembered Cummings as “a principled leader,” “a champion for justice” and “a giant.” While Cummings was revered by his fellow Democrats, many Washington Republicans also offered condolences and spoke of Cummings with admiration. Trump paid tribute to Cummings as a “highly respected political leader.”

Flags at the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and in Maryland were lowered to half-staff Thursday in Cummings’s honor; flags at the White House would remain at half-staff through Friday...

...   The son of South Carolina sharecroppers, Cummings was a lawyer and a civil rights advocate before entering what would ultimately be a nearly 40-year career in public service — first in the Maryland House of Delegates and later the U.S. House. Over the decades, he earned a reputation for being formidable but also kind and compassionate... 

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