Cummings’ widow responds to Trump’s attacks


Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, appeared to respond to President Trump’s previous attacks of her husband during a speech at his funeral.

Rockeymoore Cummings spoke near the end of a lengthy funeral program at New Psalmist Baptist Church, where Cummings worshiped for decades — showing up regularly on Sunday mornings for the 7:15 service.

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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is greeted by Barack Obama during funeral services for her late husband.
 Julio Cortez (Pool)/Getty Images

She was followed by former presidents Bill Clinton — who visited the church with Cummings in the 1990s — and Barack Obama, the nation’s first black commander in chief, both of whom hailed the longtime lawmaker as an inspiration and a friend.

Cummings was the son of sharecroppers who moved to Baltimore to build a better life for their seven children. His parents ‘‘came from nothing and carved out just a little something,’’ Obama said, adding that Cummings ‘‘went on to fight for the rights and opportunities of forgotten people all across America.’’

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A portrait of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sits nearby as his remains lie in state outside the House Chamber at the Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)

Obama, who has remained largely silent amid the convulsive impeachment debate now gripping the nation, offered a tribute to Cummings that sounded to some listeners like an implicit rebuke of President Trump.

Obama never mentioned the president by name but seemed to draw a contrast between his successor and the congressman whom Trump denigrated during the summer.

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