Rep. Elijah Cummings’s funeral featured a powerful indictment of Trump’s character

Former President Barack Obama celebrated Cummings’s leadership in a eulogy that focused on two specific attributes: strength and honor.

“I was thinking I would want my daughters to know how much I love them, but I would also want them to know that being a strong man includes being kind,” he said, a seeming dig at Trump, whose presidency has centered on displaying strength through xenophobic policies as well as attacks on other lawmakers. “You are not a sucker to have integrity and to treat others with respect,” Obama said.

But Elijah Cummings was honorable before he was elected to office. There’s a difference. There is a difference if you were honorable and treated others honorably. Outside the limelight. On the side of a road. In a quiet moment, counseling somebody you work with. Letting your daughters know you love them.

Pelosi reiterated a statement that she closely associated with Cummings in an apparent reference to the current political moment: “We are better than this.”

During their decades serving together in the House, Cummings was a “North Star,” Pelosi said:

Elijah was a proud man. Proud of his heritage, proud of Baltimore. And proud of America. He always appealed to our better angels and to the promise of America, calling us to live up to our principles and for a higher purpose. All the words that we will use that are the best words, are words that Elijah used. When we were not meeting the needs of children in our country, he said, “we are better than this.” He held himself to a high standard, and that is why I have called him the North Star of Congress, our guiding light.

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