Hero’s casket a symbol of the death of democracy

The funeral of law-maker Elijah Cummings extolled his qualities of courage, compassion and integrity, in sharp contrast to those of Donald Trump and his enablers

27th October, 2019
Hero’s casket a symbol of the death of democracy
Left: Elijah Cummings was a giant among moral pygmies

On Friday morning, after lying in state on Capitol Hill, Elijah Cummings was buried near his home in Baltimore. The 68-year-old son of a sharecropper was the first black lawmaker in US history to be accorded the honour of a state funeral.

It was a fitting tribute for the political hero and civil-rights activist, a giant among the moral pygmies who thwarted his every move as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, one of the...

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