Cummings served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland's 7th congressional district. Cummings, the son of sharecroppers who rose to become a civil rights champion and leading member of Congress, said he explained that that was not his intention. According to media reports, he was previously treated for heart and knee problems.
"It's not amusing, Mr. Shkreli", Cummings said as Shkreli smirked.
Cummings had also clashed with the president over the detention of immigrants.
In a statement released on Thursday, Pelosi called Cummings a leader of "towering character and integrity, whose stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the Congress and country to rise always to a higher goal". Congressman Elijah Cummings was a friend, a passionate fighter for justice, and a powerful voice of moral conscience in our government who served his country for decades with dignity and integrity.
Every day for a week, when the children tried to get into the pool, they were spit upon, threatened and called names, Cummings said; he said he was cut by a bottle thrown from an angry crowd.
Mr Cummings worked as a Maryland state delegate and lawyer before his election to the House of Representatives in 1996.
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The divisive issue has divided families and friends, but demonstrations had largely been peaceful until this week. Quim Torra, the president of Catalonia, said: "We will never give up on the right to self-determination".
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Trump tweeted his "condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings". After taking the reins of the House Oversight Committee he launched investigations into the president's dealings in Russian Federation, his hotel in DC, the emoluments clause, and security clearances in the White House. Cummings was one of the few Democrats to attend Trump's inauguration; he reported that he and the president had had a friendly chat and found agreement about drug prices.
Cummings was born on January 18, 1951.
At the Capitol, where flags also were lowered, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Cummings as "a living legend in his native Baltimore" and said he "counted close friends and admirers from all across the political spectrum".
Gowdy said on Twitter that Cummings was "one of the most powerful, handsome & compelling voices in American politics", and said his authenticity and sincerely held beliefs were an inspiration to all.
Cummings even went at it with Trump on Twitter during the summer of 2019. A man who attentively listened to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak on the radio, Cummings was highly regarded for his dedication to civil rights.
Cummings was quick to note the differences between Congress and the Maryland General Assembly, which has always been controlled by Democrats.
State Sen. Antonio Hayes, who has lived near Cummings in West Baltimore for years, said the congressman earned the respect and reverence of the community with his authentic personality and deep roots here. He was elected to Congress in November 1996 for the first time.